CCHP News, October 24, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) recently announced two prize competitions. The first, to support the development of low-cost, scalable technology-based innovations to promote healthy weight for low-income children and families within their communities. The second, to support the development and testing of technology innovations to improve the ability of prenatal care providers to monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women remotely.
The Challenge explanation notes for childhood obesity that technology has the potential to play a key role in connecting patients to resources within their communities, including community-based solutions and partnerships, which can complement a public health approach to tackling childhood obesity. For pregnant women, HRSA is interested in the ability of remote patient monitoring technology to monitor patients continuously, regardless of their location. Their goal is to support innovations that empower patients with more information that will allow them to take better care of themselves.