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AUTOMATED HOME TABLET AND CAPSULE DISPENSER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13580
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13580
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Checkmate Engineering
622 South Mill Street Lewisville, TX 75057
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: AUTOMATED HOME TABLET AND CAPSULE DISPENSER
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $468,306.00
 

Abstract:

OF 28 MILLION AMERICANS OVER AGE 65, 8.5 MILLION LIVE ALONE. MORE THAN 50 PERCENT SUFFER FROM SUCH CHRONIC AILMENTS AS ARTHRITIS, HYPERTENSION, AND HEART DISEASE, ALL OFTEN REQUIRING DAILY MEDICATION. U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH RECORDS ESTIMATE THAT 125,000 DEATHS OCCUR EACH YEAR FROM THE MISUSE OF CARDIOVASCULAR DRUGS ALONE, AND THAT ONE IN EVERY TWO PATIENTS TAKING MEDICINE REGULARLY MAKES ERRORS SUFFICIENT TO ALTER THE DRUG'S EFFECT. THE INABILITY OF GERIATRIC PATIENTS TO COMPLY WITH MEDICATION REGIMENS DIMINISHES INDEPENDENCE AND QUALITY OF LIFE AND PRESENTS A PROBLEM REQUIRING SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. ALONG WITH MEMORY IMPAIRMENT, A THIRD OF SUCH PATIENTS SUFFER FROM SOME LOSS OF VISION. THE PROPOSEDTECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM IS DEVELOPMENT OF A $75 TABLET- AND CAPSULE-DISPENSING DEVICE TO ESTABLISH THE RELIABILITY AND SAFETY OF SINGLE OR MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS (NONLIQUID) BY AUTOMATING THE PROCESS OF TIME- AND DOSAGE-DEPENDENT DISPENSING. THE DEVICE WILL (1) HANDLE UP TO SIX DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS SIMULTANEOUSLY, (2) ELIMINATE PILL COUNTING, (3) REQUIRE NO ADJUSTMENTS OR VISUAL ACUITY ON THE PATIENTS' PART, AND (4) REQUIRE NO MORE DEXTERITY THAN IS NECESSARY TO PICK UP A PILL. IT ALSO PROVIDES COMPLETE LOGGING, IS SECURE AGAINST THEFT, AND IS FULLY PORTABLE.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas J Shaw
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Checkmate Engineering
622 S Mill St Lewisville, TX 75057

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