OBSSR Co-Sponsors New Summer Institute on mHealth
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH is co-sponsoring the first-ever summer workshop on mobile health.
Scheduled for June 20-24, 2011, in San Diego, California, the mHealth Summer Institute will “provide an overview of the engineering, behavioral science and clinical aspects of wireless research,” NIH states in a news release. Qualcomm, a developer of wireless technologies, is partnering with OBSSR as co-sponsor of the workshop.
Goals of the workshop include:
- Facilitating interaction between participants and experts in mHealth, including leaders in behavioral science and mobile health technologies;
- Providing up-to-date information on mobile technology and engineering, behavior change theory and clinical applications; and
- Encouraging the formation of interdisciplinary teams of participants to develop potential mHealth research projects.
According to the announcement, mHealth solutions can reduce costs and errors, remove geographical and economic disparities, and personalize health care. Wireless technologies are beneficial in that they allow patients with chronic diseases to monitor and manage their illnesses at home and health-care providers to manage patients’ medications remotely. They also provide patients with the ability to transfer information from at-home medical devices into electronic health records. In developing countries, mobile technology enables doctors who collaborate long-distance with community health workers to diagnosis patients in rural villages without leaving the clinic.