The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a funding opportunity for research projects that test digital healthcare interventions aimed at improving quality at the point of care. The digital healthcare solutions tested should use advanced analytics; patient-centered clinician and patient facing digital technologies; or clinical decision-making tools. Applications are due June 16, 2021. For the first two-year phase, the project budget may not exceed $275,000. Projects continued into the second three-year phase may have a total project budget not exceeding $750,000.
For the research area of interest involving advanced analytics, the AHRQ suggested examples such as projects integrating AI during the provision of healthcare services and assessing AI's impact on practice workflow and quality of care, or projects applying machine learning against large health data sets to improve quality at the point of care. Research involving patient-centered digital healthcare technologies could include projects testing innovative technologies that facilitate information sharing between patients and providers, or the use of novel digital solutions for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Examples of projects focused on clinical decision-making support would be projects evaluating a digital point of care solution combining natural language processing with a decision support tool, or projects testing decision-making tools that incorporate the use of patient-generated data and patient-reported outcomes at the point of care.