Digital Health

Emerging technologies offer unique opportunities to improve both individual and population health. HCIRB encourages research focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions for consumers, patients, caregivers, and providers delivered through digital tools and technologies, including wearable devices, sensors, telemedicine platforms, patient portals, and mobile applications.

Priorities in Digital Health

Digital Health Initiatives

Smart Health Initiative (NOT-OD-23-165)

This joint NSF-NIH program seeks to accelerate the development and use of next generation health care solutions by funding high-risk, high-reward efforts in a variety of areas, including information science, mathematics, behavioral or cognitive research, robotics, bioimaging, and engineering. Grants in the HCIRB portfolio that have been funded under the Smart Health initiative include a study seeking to develop a novel application that leverages Natural Language Generation technology to automatically create easy-to-understand, personalized hospitalization summaries for patients, and a project aiming to develop and deploy a Multiscale Modeling and Intervention system consisting of sensor-rich smartphones, wireless medication event monitoring systems, wireless beacons, and wearable sensors to better understand and support medication adherence among cancer patients.

Administrative Supplements to Examine the Effects of Digital Tools and Interventions on Patient-Provider Communication Across the Cancer Control Continuum (NOT-CA-23-041)

HCIRB led an administrative supplement initiative for extramural investigators to examine the effects of digital tools/interventions on patient-provider communication and how patient-provider communication influences the relationships between digital tools/interventions and cancer outcomes. The 12 awards funded under this initiative in FY 2023 leverage diverse digital tools, including remote symptom monitoring, electronic medical records, and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve patient-provider communication in areas such as cancer survivorship and lung cancer screening.

NCI Telehealth Research Centers of Excellence (TRACE)

HCIRB co-leads the National Cancer Institute’s Telehealth Research Centers of Excellence (TRACE) initiative, which aims to support real world, pragmatic research capable of generating best practices for the optimal delivery of cancer care via telehealth. Four centers were funded under this initiative in FY 2022.

Funding Opportunities 

Project Title Project Number Expiration Date Contacts
Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science NOT-OD-23-165   Dana Wolff-Hughes
Leveraging Health Information Technology (Health IT) to Address and Reduce Health Care Disparities PAR-22-145 (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) May 08, 2025 Heather D’Angelo
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Telehealth Research in Cancer Care NOT-CA-24-033 March 17, 2026 Kelly Blake

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Robin Vanderpool, Dr.P.H.

Robin Vanderpool, Dr.P.H.

BRANCH CHIEF, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch

Last Updated
April 11, 2024