HCFO Webinar Recording Available: Leveraging Mobile Health (mHealth) Solutions for Health Services Research, Session 2

Publication Date: 
November 14, 2012

For health services researchers seeking to address questions related to health care financing and organization, public/population health, comparative effectiveness, and disparities, mHealth tools can provide a cost effective means to move beyond the usual reliance on claims data.  These devices can be used to collect and work with information on patients’ characteristics, communities, experiences and outcomes, as well as data on providers and delivery systems.  New tools are highly effective, efficient, flexible, affordable and ubiquitous – and readily usable, regardless of technological “savvy.”

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, in collaboration with the Center for Learning Health Care at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, is conducting a four-part webinar series designed to provide a stepwise introduction to mHealth technologies.

In the second webinar of the series, held on Oct. 1, 2012, early adopters of mHealth tools discussed how they dealt with barriers and challenges, including practical impediments to using technology solutions, regulatory and IRB concerns, data security, and IT infrastructure.  The discussion was moderated by Bradford Hirsch, M.D., M.B.A. (Duke).


  • Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D., is a Health Science Administrator at NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, where she focuses on the science of behavior change.
  • Ethan Basch, M.D., is with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where his research focuses on the use of patient-reported outcomes to assess drug toxicity and symptom endpoints in cancer treatment trials, routine care, and comparative effectiveness research.
  • Jason Goldwater, M.P.A., is Vice President of Programs and Research at the eHealth Initiative, a non-profit policy organization focused on the use of electronic health to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care.

A recording of the webinar is available at: