What You Should Know:
– American Heart Association awards Stanford Medicine a $2.5M grant for a digital health and clinical trial for treating hypertension in black and Hispanic participants and in drivers for ride-hailing companies.
– The award is part of a $14M grant to several institutions including Stanford School of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Michigan for research on reducing healthcare disparities through digital health technology.
The American Heart Association has awarded
$2.5 million to Stanford Medicine’s Center for Digital Health to investigate
how digital health can improve cardiovascular health. The grant will establish
a research program to develop digital health tools designed to address health
disparities for cardiovascular health. As part of the research grant, the
Stanford team will conduct a clinical trial to determine whether high blood
pressure can be managed effectively with the help of digital health tools, as
well as funding a fellowship program.
Clinical Trial Focused on Managing High Blood Pressure
The clinical trial 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 visit. Then, care will be continued virtually using
wearables and sensors, such as smartphone-connected blood pressure cuffs.
The award is part of a $14M grant to several institutions
including Stanford School of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan for research on reducing
healthcare disparities through digital health technology.
“This grant will help promote our research into expanding
the use of digital health care to help make medical decisions
remotely,” said Mintu Turakhia,
MD, executive director of the center and associate professor of medicine.