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Monitoring Technology for the Prevention of Falls in the Elderly

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R43AG043067
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIA
Solicitation Number:
AG12-010
Small Business Information
INNOVATIVE DESIGN LABS, INC.
6901 EAST FISH LAKE RD, STE 190 MAPLE GROVE, MN 55369-5457
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Monitoring Technology for the Prevention of Falls in the Elderly
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43AG043067-01
Award Amount: $173,925.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Innovative Design Labs (IDL) proposes to develop a low-power, low-cost, high compliance system for monitoring gait parameters indicative of increasing fall-risk. Falls are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in older people, and fall-related injuries represent a significant burden to the patients, their families, caregivers an the society as a whole. Consequences of fall-related injuries, such as chronic pain and decreased mobility, contribute to prolonged hospital stays and institutionalization. The fear of fall-related injuries isolates the elderly, reducing their mobility and independence. This projects aims to develop a low-cost fall risk monitoring technology that is unobtrusive to the elderly patient. The primary focus of the physical and software design is to achieve a very high compliance and user satisfaction throughout daily, continual use. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Falls are a leading cause of injury and accidental death in persons over the age of 65 years. The psychological impact of a fall or near fall often results in fear of falling, reducing their independence and activities of daily living (ADLs). By monitoring gait parameters with a small wearable sensor, falls can be prevented. A novel fall-risk monitoring device designed to ensure ease of use, comfort, and high compliance is proposed.

Principal Investigator:

John P. Condon
612-251-6560
jcondon@ieee.org

Business Contact:

John Condon
612-251-6560
jcondon@ieee.org
Small Business Information at Submission:

INNOVATIVE DESIGN LABS, INC.
6901 EAST FISH LAKE RD, STE 190 MAPLE GROVE, MN 55369-5457

EIN/Tax ID: 127343728
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No