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COMPUTERIZED TELEPHONE-BASED SMOKING CESSATION SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
7308
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
7308
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Behavioral Health Systems Inc
109 Croton Ave Po Box 547 Ossining, NY 10562
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: COMPUTERIZED TELEPHONE-BASED SMOKING CESSATION SYSTEM
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $496,151.00
 

Abstract:

THE PRESENT PROPOSAL IS TO DEVELOP AND EVALUATE A SYSTEM FOR TREATING THE LARGE NUMBER OF SMOKERS WHO WISH TO QUIT SMOKING, FEEL UNABLE TO QUIT ON THEIR OWN, BUT STILL REFUSE TO ATTEND FACE-TO-FACE SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAMS. THE SYSTEM COMBINES TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPED BY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. (BHS) AND COMPUTERS IN PSYCHIATRY/PSYCHOLOGY, INC. (CPP). BHS HAS DEVELOPED A SOFTWARE AND COMPUTER CONFERENCING SYSTEM THAT HELPS SMOKERS, SEATED AT A COMPUTERTERMINAL, TO FORMULATE AND CARRY OUT AN INDIVIDUALIZED SMOKING CESSATION PLAN. CPP HAS DEVELOPED AN AUTOMATED, INTERACTIVE TELEPHONE SYSTEM THAT USES VOICE SYNTHESIS AND RECOGNITION, AND AUTOMATIC DIALING AND ANSWERING TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS. BY PUTTING THE CONTENTS OF THE BHS PROGRAM ON THE CPP TELEPHONE SYSTEM, BHS CAN OFFER A POWERFUL, PERSONALIZED SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM TO ANY SMOKER WITH AN AVAILABLE TELEPHONE FOR AS MANY MONTHS AS THE SMOKER WISHES TO PARTICIPATE. A VERY LARGE GROUP COULD BE TREATED USING A MINIMUM OF PROFESSIONAL TIME. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SYSTEM IN GETTING SMOKERS TO PARTICIPATE, AND THEN TO QUIT SMOKING, WILL BE COMPARED WITH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A TRADITIONAL SMOKING CESSATION APPROACH. THE CONVENIENCE, AFFORDABILITY, PRIVACY, AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM MAY MAKE IT A USEFUL TOOL FOR TREATING A NUMBER OF BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS.

Principal Investigator:

Sid J Schneider Phd
9147626098

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Behavioral Health Systems Inc.
109 Croton Ave Ossining, NY 10562

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No