3 telehealth studies get $23M, including at Mass General Brigham

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has approved $23 million in funding for three telehealth studies, including one involving Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham.

The telehealth research, part of a package of $208 million for 17 studies across a variety of disciplines, will compare strategies for virtually managing chronic conditions in primary care settings, including obesity and asthma in kids, complex pediatric medical conditions, and concurrent COPD and sleep apnea. The projects will take place at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research, respectively.

"These awards present significant opportunities to address urgent health challenges and empower patients and their families with actionable information about their healthcare choices," said Nakela Cook, MD, executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, in a July 18 news release.

The institute was authorized as part of the ACA to fund research to determine best healthcare practices.

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