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SBIR Phase II: Improving Infection Control Through Radio Frequency Identifier…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
74530
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0441489
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase II: Improving Infection Control Through Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID)-Based Patient Tracking
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0548737
Award Amount: $495,856.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Project will provide hospitals with a way to analyze and prevent hospital-associated infection outbreaks based on integrating a location tracking system with live hospital microbiology data, building on research done in Phase I. The goal is the design, implementation, deployment and clinical validation of two tools: (1) a visualization and analysis tool for investigating propagation dynamics of past and current infection outbreaks; and, (2) a simulation tool for evaluating response measures to potential outbreaks. The research will center on clinical acceptance and usability. The involvement of medical and infection control experts will ensure that the models of infection spread are accurate, the visualization and analysis tools are intuitive, and the simulation tools cover the important infections and scenarios. Every year tens of thousands of lives, and billions of dollars, are lost to infections acquired in health care facilities. The envisioned product will give hospitals powerful tools for reducing these numbers, allowing them to better understand why infections happen and what counter-measures are effective. Hospital-associated infections' impact goes beyond the immediate sickness they cause, forcing treatment of the infection in addition to the underlying illness, and dissuading many from seeking necessary care because of the fear of acquiring infections.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Kokotov
Mr
3018647253
dkokotov@vecna.com

Business Contact:

Mike Bearman
Mr
3018647253
mbearman@vecna.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vecna
5004 Lehigh Avenue College Park, MD 20740

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