Today, people need and want to be actively involved in managing their health and health care. To do this, patients need access to information about their health, as well as tools to help them understand, coordinate and act upon that information.
Since 2006, Project HealthDesign, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio, has supported research teams that work alongside patients and clinicians to develop personal health applications that are useful to patients managing chronic diseases. Using new technologies such as smartphones and sensors, teams are designing applications that can be used by real people to improve their health, better engage in their health care and enhance patient-provider communication.
Current Project HealthDesign teams are working with patients and clinicians to examine how patient-sourced observations of daily living such as pain, mood and energy levels can be captured and integrated into clinical care and daily health decision-making. Teams are exploring how to gather and interpret information about patients' health in everyday living. They seek to learn better ways to take action to improve the health and coordination of care of patients with chronic diseases.
Project HealthDesign's research will help technology leaders, policy-makers and clinical leaders plan and implement new initiatives that put patients and their needs at the center of the nation's health IT infrastructure.
Learn more about Project HealthDesign by checking out the early findings and architecture reports on this page.