Mobile healthcare technology makes NIH list of 14 goals for the next 5 years

NIH created them as part of its overall objectives to advance biomedical research, foster innovation and enhance scientific stewardship
By Bernie Monegain
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The National Institutes of Health revealed its roster of ambitious goals for the next five years and many of them are either focused on reliant upon technologies.

Calling these "extraordinary opportunities that demand exceptional attention," NIH created them as part of its overall objectives to advance biomedical research, foster innovation and enhance scientific stewardship.

Here are the 14 goals:

  1. Apply precision medicine to cancer treatments
  2. Usher a vaccine for multiple flu strains through clinical trials
  3. Support research to develop interventions that promote health in populations disparities
  4. Harness pharmacogenomics in clinical settings will to improve outcomes
  5. Trial HIV vaccine in The Republic of South Africa in 2016
  6. Demonstrate via clinical trials that at least 6 interventions believed clinically viable actually do not work
  7. Revolutionize drug screening and optimization with radical approach to structural biology
  8. Support research into FDA-approved therapies for 12 or more rare diseases
  9. Provide rigorous evidence that mobile technologies can enhance health and prevent disease
  10. Support the development of a wearable biosensor that tracks blood-alcohol levels in real-time to prevent related injury and disease
  11. Support technologies that reverse paralysis and restore functions for spinal cord injuries
  12. Back the work to create vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus
  13. Research artificial pancreas for better management of diabetes
  14. Become the model agency for applying the scientific method to itself for supporting biomedical research

"Much remains to be done," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, in a statement. "This strategic plan will guide our efforts to turn scientific discoveries into better health, while upholding our responsibility to be wise stewards of the resources provided by the American people."

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