eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group

About the eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group

The eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group (EMRIG) was formed in the spring of 2013 and is currently headed by Associate Director Deborah Cornman (PhD, InCHIP) and Assistant Professor Debarchana Ghosh (PhD, Geography). This group is comprised of researchers at UConn and other institutions who are interested in electronic health/mobile health research and the use of mobile technologies, social media, web-based interventions, sensors, and other new technologies to assess and modify health behavior. Members are informed through the group’s listserv and website about relevant funding opportunities, presentations, conferences, webinars, trainings, publications, and new developments in eHealth/mHealth. The group sponsors events and activities in eHealth/mHealth, assists members in identifying potential research collaborators and technology experts, holds periodic meetings, and keeps members abreast of what is happening in the field. The primary goal of these various activities is to foster new multidisciplinary research collaborations that address important individual and public health issues in new and innovative ways. In August 2014, the EMRIG expanded to also become a CICATS Core Interest Group (CIG), which means that the eHealth/mHealth research interest group is co-sponsored by both InCHIP on the Storrs campus and the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn Health.

Join Us

To join the eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group, contact Deborah Cornman, InCHIP Associate Director and EMRIG chair, at Deborah.Cornman@chip.uconn.edu.

Upcoming InCHIP Events/Activities

InCHIP Lecture Series Talk:
“Measuring and Motivating Health Behavior Change Using Mobile Technology: Opportunities and (Difficult) Challenges”
Stephen Intille, PhD; Northeastern University
Thursday, 4/14/16, 12:30-1:30 in Rm. 204 at InCHIP (J. Ray Ryan building)

For more information on upcoming and past InCHIP-sponsored events, see the InCHIP Events/Activities page.

Funding Opportunities

  • mHealth Tools for Individuals with Chronic Conditions to Promote Effective Patient-Provider Communication, Adherence to Treatment and Self-Management
  • Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes Prevention and Care
  • Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes Prevention and Care

For more information on funding opportunities, see the Funding Opportunities page.

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile Health (mHealth) Evidence Reporting and Assessment (mERA) Checklist

To improve the completeness of reporting of mobile health (mHealth) interventions, the World Health Organization (WHO) mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group developed the mHealth evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist. The development process for mERA consisted of convening an expert group to recommend an appropriate approach, convening a global expert review panel for checklist development, and pilot testing the checklist. The guiding principle for the development of these criteria was to identify a minimum set of information needed to define what the mHealth intervention is (content), where it is being implemented (context), and how it was implemented (technical features), to support replication of the intervention. This paper presents the resulting 16 item checklist and a detailed explanation and elaboration for each item, with illustrative reporting examples. Through widespread adoption, we expect that the use of these guidelines will standardize the quality of mHealth evidence reporting, and indirectly improve the quality of mHealth evidence.

Please follow this link for access to the complete paper.