Information technology (IT) has fundamentally changed the way we work, bank, and communicate. Its impact on health care and health research, however, has been limited by the lack of a comprehensive infrastructure to connect patients, providers, and researchers. As we learn more about how to address the unhealthy behaviors that underlie many chronic conditions, researchers and clinicians are seeking IT solutions to connect with patients in scalable ways.
Led by David Asch and Kevin Volpp, a team at the University of Pennsylvania created Way to Health, a web-based platform that provides a sustainable IT infrastructure for conducting behavioral economic and automated hovering studies.
Since its creation in 2010, the platform has been used successfully for a variety of research projects seeking to improve healthy behaviors as well as support new standards of care deployment in clinical and patient engagement settings.
Way to Health provides researchers with off-the-shelf tools to build customized protocols and offers participants interactive online homes that display their progress and report data through integrated wireless biometric devices, two-way texting, and various other means. Providers interact with the platform or more often see the data directly in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) without having to log into another system.
Learn more about active and enrolling Way to Health projects here.