The National Institutes of Health has awarded $9.75 million to University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) over the next five years for creation of Health ePeople, a platform that will enable investigators to conduct mobile and wireless health research.

“We need balance between standardized data and that data that is messier and harder to deal with but has equal value,” said Sally Okun, RN, vice president of advocacy, policy and patient safety at PatientsLikeMe, speaking at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s fifth annual Consumer Health IT Summit. If providers don’t find a way to establish that balance, “we will miss the opportunity to learn what participants can tell us about their real lives.”

Researchers identified five main problem categories and key factors contributing to these problems in a review of literature about patient portals.

Innovative technologies continue to push all boundaries.