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HOME MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN FOR THE ELDERLY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13591
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13591
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc
9180 Brown Deer Road San Diego, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: HOME MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN FOR THE ELDERLY
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $41,389.00
 

Abstract:

THE AGING AMERICAN POPULATION IS EXERTING INCREASING DEMANDS ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. HOME HEALTH CARE IS A RAPIDLY GROWING ALTERNATIVE TO INSTITUTIONALIZED CARE. IT INVOLVES PATIENTS DIRECTLY IN THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE, WHICH ALSO REDUCES COSTS. MEDICAL DEVICES UTILIZING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY WILL BE AN INCREASING FACTOR IN HOME HEALTH CARE. A CENTRAL ISSUE CONCERNS THE ABILITY OF OLDER PEOPLE, WHO ARE THE MAJOR RECIPIENTS OF HOME CARE, TO OPERATE THESE DEVICES SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. PHASE I RESEARCH ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE BY (1) CHARACTERIZING THE COGNITIVE, PERCEPTUAL, AND PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF THE ELDERLY THAT CAN INFLUENCE THEIR USE OF HOME MEDICAL DEVICES, AND (2) APPLYING COGNITIVE ENGINEERINGAND HUMAN FACTORS TECHNIQUES TO HOME MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN. THIS RESEARCH WILL PROVIDE VALUABLE INFORMATION FOR (1) IMPROVING DEVICE DESIGN AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL GUIDELINES FOR ELDERLY USERS, (2) RECOMMENDING TECHNOLOGICALINNOVATIONS, (3) EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF IN VITRO SELF-TESTING, (4) SUGGESTING DESIGN GUIDANCE FOR DEVICES, AND (5) TAILORING THE USER-DEVICE INTERFACE TO ELDERLY USERS.

Principal Investigator:

Richard T Kelly
6195351661

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Pacific Science & Eng Group
5090 Shoreham Pl #206 San Diego, CA 92122

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