“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has just selected five teams for an innovative program to explore how patient-recorded Observations of Daily Living (ODL) can be captured and integrated into clinical care. New technologies such as smart phones and sensors make it possible to gather information on diets, exercise, sleep patterns, medication usage, and pain, and then use the information to study the effects on people’s lives.
RWJF through their “Project HealthDesign: Rethinking the Power and Potential of Personal Health Records” program awarded more than $2.4 million to five grantee teams. For example, these teams are going to look at the stress levels of caregivers for premature infants and how this can be of value to clinicians. They are also going to study how medication-taking routines for seniors at risk of cognitive decline can be collected, interpreted, and acted upon by patients as well as by clinicians in real world clinical settings. Each team will receive a two year $480,000 grant.”
Carolyn Bloch, Federal Telemedicine News, 7 March 2010