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August 5, 2014

close up of a person using a phoneNINR and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that aims to stimulate research utilizing Mobile Health (mHealth) tools to improve patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment, and self-management of chronic conditions in underserved populations.

With the rapid expansion of cellular networks and substantial advancements in smartphone technologies, it is now possible—and affordable—to transmit patient data digitally from remote areas to specialists in urban areas, receive real-time feedback, and capture that consultation in a database, according to the FOA. These mHealth tools, therefore, may facilitate more timely and effective patient-provider communication through education communication around goal setting, treatment reminders, and feedback on patient progress, which may improve health outcomes.

For this FOA, NINR encourages research for individuals with chronic diseases. Research topics of interest are to develop, test, and/or compare:

·         Effective strategies that incorporate mHealth tools to improve patient-provider communications

·         mHealth tools for improved adherence to treatment and for effective self-management

·         Technologies that incorporate interventions for adherence and self-management strategies

·         mHealth technologies or tools in underserved populations 

This announcement encourages the development and testing of interventions utilizing mHealth technologies. Please visit (R01) and/or (R21) for more information. Standard due dates apply.

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