Two NIH organizations plan to award funding for mobile health tools that help with the treatment and self-management of chronic diseases among underserved populations, Health Data Management reports.
NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering are looking for applications from multiple entities, including:
- Higher education institutions;
- Not-for-profit groups;
- For-profit groups; and
- Government agencies.
Specifically, NINR is interested in mobile health tools and research that can aid patients with chronic diseases, including tools to:
- Help underserved populations;
- Improve patient-provider communication;
- Help patients effectively manage their diseases; and
- Improve patients' adherence to treatments.
Meanwhile, NIBIB is interested in the research and development of new imaging and bioengineering technologies.
According to Health Data Management, the maximum project period is five years. Interested groups can begin submitting their applications on May 5.
The number of awards that the NIH organizations give out will depend on appropriations and the number of worthy applications.
NIH stated, "These mHealth tools ... may facilitate more timely and effective patient-provider communication through education communication around goal setting, treatment reminders, feedback on patient progress, and may improve health outcomes" (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 4/24).