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mHealth Diffusion Grants Program: Accepting Applications

2/24/11 By David Lindeman

The Center for Technology and Aging is pleased to announce the release of its Mobile Health (mHealth) Diffusion Grants Program. This grant program will provide funding for projects that focus on the adoption and diffusion of mobile health technology-enabled services to improve the health of older adults, while reducing the burden on clinicians and caregivers. As many as six one-year grants will be awarded for up to $100,000 each from the $500,000 grant program. Funded projects are expected to commence in August 2011.

The mHealth Diffusion Grants Program is being released in recognition of the rapidly growing field of mHealth and its significant potential to improve care processes, expand access to care, augment other home care technologies, and reduce the costs of care. For the focus of this initiative, mHealth is broadly defined as the delivery of health-related services to patients, clinicians and caregivers through mobile technology platforms on cellular or wireless networks. Mobile technologies can include, but are not limited to, tablets, cell phones (hardware and software), smartphones, mobile-enabled diagnostic devices, or devices with mobile alert systems.

Grant programs should address how mHealth technologies impact older adults, caregivers and providers, and the benefits related to the treatment of chronic conditions, improvement in socialization and communication, enhanced monitoring, and other care-related issues. mHealth technology-enabled services that can be addressed in this grants program include, but are not limited to, medication compliance, chronic disease monitoring, safety monitoring, and access to health information.

Given the emphasis on diffusion and adoption, programs seeking grants must describe their plans for scalability of the project in alignment with current and emerging care and business models.

Letters of Intent are due April 5, 2011. Please consult the Grant Application Guidelines and www.techandging.org for more information about the grant program and the Center’s upcoming initiatives.

Important mHealth Dates

Optional Applicant Conference Call March 15, 2011

Letter of Intent Due
April 5, 2011

Full Grant Proposal Guidelines Released April 13, 2011

Full Proposals Due
May 13, 2011

Final Grant Award Decision
June 15, 2011

Expected Date for Grants to Commence August 1, 2011

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