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Locating the Elderly Overseen by Nurses - LEON

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Department of Health and Human Services
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
2223 Drake Avenue SW 1st Floor HUNTSVILLE, AL 35805
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Locating the Elderly Overseen by Nurses - LEON
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44AG037302-02
Award Amount: $832,242.00


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed effort aims to develop a comprehensive wireless tracking and monitoring system for residents of Long Term Care facilities. The commercial product ElderAlertTM extends Q-Track's real-time location system totrack residents, caregivers, and medical assets within a LTC facility. ElderAlertTM directs caregivers to residents who have fallen or have called for assistance. Past position data is used to evaluate resident status and the quality of medical services. Fall alerts can dispatch immediate help to the precise location of the resident automatically without false alarms. Residents can summon assistance remotely giving them more mobility as they move through their Long Term Care facility. In Phase II Q-Track will include Human Subjects, residents and nurses in participatory design and prototyping. Furthermore, we will demonstrate location tracking of residents, staff, and medical equipment in a long term care facility. Our team includes geriatric researchers from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the University of South Florida, and clinical partners Madison Manor and Sunrise Village. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Q-Track is developing the commercial product ElderAlertTM to provide comprehensive wireless tracking and location in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. Leveraging a patented NFER(R) wireless technology, ElderAlertTM will deliver a cost-effective monitoring and paging platform for residents, nurses, and administrators alike. The goal of the project is to decrease response times and the incidence of falls while increasing the overall safety and care in Long Term Care facilities.

Principal Investigator:

Eric A. Richards

Business Contact:

Eric Richards
Small Business Information at Submission:

3414 Governors Drive SW HUNTSVILLE, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 155081058
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No