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MEMOTEXT Collaborating with Johns Hopkins University To Evaluate Technology-Driven Adherence Programs
Date:1/13/2009

plan. With the Internet and mobile phones so prevalent in patients' lives, they offer new ways to customize a patient adherence regimen. The results of this study should demonstrate MEMOTEXT program's usefulness for glaucoma, as well as the many other chronic diseases where adherence is important.

"Adherence to glaucoma therapy is one of the largest barriers we face in achieving therapeutic success," said glaucoma specialist Donald Budenz, M.D., M.P.H., of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. "We have numerous effective medications to treat this disease, but if patients don't use them, they're not effective. Providing real-time reminders to improve adherence to therapy will be a major step forward in the treatment of chronic diseases such as glaucoma."

The Be Well Fund is designed to stimulate not-for-profit research and development across a broad range of health disciplines that have the potential to significantly improve health and wellness outcomes by seeding innovative avenues of research and exploring the potential for disruptive improvements to health management enabled by re-use and sharing of data among people, families, caregivers, doctors and facilities.

"The Be Well Fund winners share our vision of using the Internet to empower people to fully engage in managing their health and improving health outcomes," said David Cerino, general manager of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft Corp. "We're excited to help these organizations turn their ideas into reality and to expand the capabilities and services available through HealthVault."

Microsoft received nearly 200 proposals from leading academic and health research organizations across the United States, making it one of the most successful Microsoft Research RFPs in the company's history. Based on the strong interest, Microsoft increased award funding from $3 million to $4.5 million to help bring these proposals to market.

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