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Regional News: Grant looks to future of healthcare

  • Charles County,St Mary's County,Calvert County,Prince George's County,Anne Arundel County
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Baltimore, MD - Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV) division has been awarded more than $633,500 in grant money that will be used to create the Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange.

This strategic economic development effort will help create a diverse and well-trained health technology workforce through partnerships between schools like Morgan State University and Baltimore City Public Schools and area small businesses.

Digital healthcare technology allows patients to communicate with doctors and other medical professionals without visiting their offices. This can include teleconferences, online patient portals, and even wearable devices that monitor things like heart rates and blood sugar. 

The grant combines public and private financing and will fund the project for three years. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced the funding jointly.

“Maryland’s top-tier academic institutions and research facilities, and our strong health care sector, give us a head start in the race to lead the nation in the growing field of digital health,” said Senator Cardin. Cardin said the grant will provide opportunities for both minority entrepreneurs and also introduce students to career possibilities in this in-demand field. 

This funding is awarded through the i6 Challenge, which aims to build regional capacity to translate ideas and inventions into products, services, companies, and jobs.

 

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