The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting medical groups, hospitals and other healthcare entities to submit grant applications for a two-year study on the effectiveness of online communications between patients and healthcare providers using Web portals.
"We're looking to fund up to eight projects," said Jennifer Neiley, spokeswoman for Health e-Technologies of Boston, a not-for-profit research entity of the foundation that is overseeing the grant program.
The maximum grant per entity is $400,000, with the total awards available for the project capped $2.45 million.
The foundation will use the grants to encourage the study of the use of the Web as an instrument for both one-way and two-way communication between patients and providers, according to Neiley.
For more information about areas of interest under the grant program and the selection criteria, as well as to obtain the prerequisite request for information form and to register for an April 2 teleconference on the program, see www.hetinitiative.org.
The deadline for grant applications is April 12.