HCFO Webinar Recording Available: Leveraging Mobile Health (mHealth) Solutions for Health Services Research, Session 4

Publication Date: 
January 17, 2013

For health services researchers seeking to address questions related to health care financing and organization, public/population health, comparative effectiveness, and disparities, mHealth tools can provide a cost effective means to move beyond the usual reliance on claims data.  These devices can be used to collect and work with information on patients’ characteristics, communities, experiences and outcomes, as well as data on providers and delivery systems.  New tools are highly effective, efficient, flexible, affordable and ubiquitous – and readily usable, regardless of technological “savvy.”
 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, in collaboration with the Center for Learning Health Care at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, conducted a four-part webinar series designed to provide a stepwise introduction to mHealth technologies.

The final session in the series, held on Jan. 10, drew on information from the first three sessions and examined three specific case studies. Brian Quinn, Ph.D. (RWJF), Amy Abernathy, M.D. (Duke), and Bonnie Austin, J.D. (AcademyHealth) served as commentators.

1st Case Study: Chordoma Patient Portal (Potential Applications of mHealth tools; mHealth to support epidemiology and registry studies)
 •Presenter - Bradford Hirsch, M.D., (Duke)
 •Discussant - Kevin Patrick, M.D. (UCSD)
2nd Case – Study on opioid use and impact in the elderly (mHealth tools to support health services intervention studies; Logistics)
 •Presenter - Christine Ritchie, M.D. (UCSF)
 •Discussant – David Gustafson, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
3rd Case – mHealth Gaming (mHealth tools as the implementation; Funding and Peer Review)
 •Presenter - Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D. (Duke)
 •Discussant – Bonnie Spring, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Chicago)
A recording of the webinar is available here: