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    Maryland Health Care Commission awards first mHealth grant

    Tech effort to use mobile health to increase patient engagement secures $100,000

    Baltimore, MD (December 22, 2016) – The Maryland Health Care Commission announced the award of a mobile health (mHealth) grant, totaling $100,000, to demonstrate the impact of using mHealth in care delivery to increase patient engagement in their health care and improve health outcomes.
    mHealth is the use of communications devices, such as tablets and smartphones, for the delivery of health services, information and education. The use of mHealth has the potential to strengthen care delivery through improved access to information, to enable providers and patients to manage and to monitor health information more efficiently, and to increase patient engagement in their own health and lifestyle management to achieve better care and improved outcomes.
    Johns Hopkins Pediatrics at Home plans to demonstrate the use of mHealth to manage pediatric asthma among patients served by East Baltimore Medical Center. The project uses mobile technology to conduct health assessments, to track patient progress, to provide real-time clinical and educational feedback to patients, and to enable electronic communication between the patient and a JH PAH nurse. JH PAH will contribute a 2:1 financial match to the grant. The mHealth project begins this month and will operate through June 2018. Since 2014, the Commission has awarded more than $375,000 to support a variety of grants where technology is used to provide care.
    For more information, please contact Commission spokeswoman Erin Dorrien at 410-764-3284. 

    About the Maryland Health Care Commission
    The Maryland Health Care Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability, cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers and the public. The Commission’s vision for Maryland is to ensure that informed consumers hold the health care system accountable and have access to affordable and appropriate health care services through programs that serve as models for the nation. The Commission is also the State agency responsible for advancing health information technology throughout Maryland.