Friday, October 25, 2013

Do You Hear Me Now?

As president of the Research Institute, I learn about the new grants and contracts that allow us to conduct very interesting, innovative and meaningful research that will create knowledge and advance health. I thought you would like to hear more about these new areas of research so I have asked Katie Carlin to be a 'guest blogger' to occasionally highlight some new grants/contracts.  Below is one that we learned about this week.

 Guest Blogger Katie Carlin, Director of Research Development and Planning

Congratulations to Kathryn A. Walker, PharmD, BCPS, CPE and David Brennan, MBE who were recently awarded funding from the Verizon Foundation ( to support a project entitled: "Using the Power of Mobile Technology to Support Advanced Heart and Lung Failure Patients through Early Palliative Care Intervention." The project represents the best of innovation, research and care delivery as it will provide funding for palliative care providers to connect via tablet devices following hospital discharge.  Through the tablet technology, the palliative caregivers will test the ability to continue establishing goals of care and symptom management for patients with heart and lung failure.

The project is truly collaborative as Kathryn is a Palliative Medicine Clinical Specialist at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Dave is director of Telehealth Initiatives for the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and the project will also include the MedStar Visiting Nurses Association. What is more, Kathryn and Dave were first connected at the MHRI spring health services research investigators' retreat – hopefully this is the first of many successful collaborations. Congratulations to Kathryn Walker and David Brennan!

Kathryn A. Walker, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
David Brennan, MBE

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