Sunday, March 9, 2008

Funding for Online Health Applications

The “Microsoft HealthVault be Well Fund” is going to help academic and research health organizations create innovative online health applications for patients. These applications should use shared health data and connected home health devices to improve positive health outcomes for patients.

An RFP has been issued to open new and innovative avenues for research and explore the improvements needed in health management that involves sharing between people, families, caregivers, doctors, and facilities. Eligible organizations include colleges and universities, and non-profit health institutions. Private sector organizations may partner with these institutions.

Proposals need to have the potential to advance the state-of-the-art in one or more areas of study and demonstrate the potential for expansion into a large scale program. The areas of study include primary and secondary prevention applications, acute care applications, juvenile disease management, women’s health management, and community and social health applications.

The total amount available under this RFP is $3,000,000. Microsoft Health Solutions
Group anticipates making approximately 20 awards averaging $250,000, with a maximum of $500,000 for any single award. The RFP closes on May 9, 2008 and the awards will be announced on July 1, 2008.

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