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.