The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting medical groups, hospitals and other healthcare organizations to submit grant applications for a two-year study on the effectiveness of online communications between patients and healthcare providers via Web portals.
"We're looking to fund up to eight projects," said Jennifer Neiley, spokeswoman for Health e-Technologies, a not-for-profit research arm of the foundation that is overseeing the grants.
The maximum grant per group is $400,000, with the total awards available for the project capped at $2.45 million. The foundation will use the grants to encourage the study of using the Web as an instrument for both one-way and two-way communication between patients and providers, according to Neiley.
For more information about 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, visit hetinitiative.org. The deadline for grant applications is April 12.