Stanford Medicine Receives for $2.5m for Digital Tools for Cardiovascular Clinical Research

May 1, 2020 |  Social Determinants of Health, Cardiovascular, Digital Health, Stanford

Stanford Medicine Receives for $2.5m for Digital Tools for Cardiovascular Clinical Research

Stanford Medicine’s Center for Digital Health received $2.5 million from the American Heart Association to investigate how digital technology can improve cardiovascular health. The grant will fund the creation of a research program to develop and promote digital tools that address unmet needs for cardiovascular care. Additionally, the grant supports a clinical trial to determine whether high blood pressure can be managed effectively with the help of digital technology, and it will fund a fellowship program.

The Context

This grant is part of a $14 million to grant to several institutions for work on reducing health care disparities with the help of technology. The institutions—the Stanford School of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins university, and the University of Michigan—will share another $4 million to work together on at least one project and form a national healthy health technology research collaborative.

The Problem

Hypertension represents a growing problem in America—impacting 115 Americans. For many proactive visits to the doctor isn’t feasible.

The Clinical Trial

The study will test a semi-automated system of managing blood pressure in Hispanic and black participants, as well as in participants who work for ride-hailing companies. A physician will guide each person’s care, beginning with an in-person then. Then, care will be continued virtually using wearables and sensors, such as smartphone –connected blood pressure cuffs.

Rational

As Mintu Turakhia, MD, executive director of the center and associate professor of medicine, reports, “This grant will help promote our research into expanding the use of digital health care to help make medical decisions remotely.”

The grant will help fund the creation of a research program to develop and promote digital tools that address unmet needs for cardiovascular care. Additionally it will support a clinical trial to determine whether high blood pressure can be managed effectively with the help of digital technology, and it will fund a fellowship program.

Lead Research/Investigator

Mintu Turakhia, MD executive director of the center and associate professor of medicine

Source: Stanford

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