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Performance Improvement Technology in Urban Native American Health Organizations

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R43EB016621
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIBIB
Solicitation Number:
EB12-001
Small Business Information
KITWARE, INC.
28 CORPORATE DRIVE SUITE 204 CLIFTON PARK, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Performance Improvement Technology in Urban Native American Health Organizations
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EB016621-01
Award Amount: $395,709.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) procedure is an ultrasound examination performed to identify intra-peritoneal hemorrhage or pericardial tamponade. FAST involves the detection of free fluid in ultrasound images from four specific abdominal areas. Unstable patients with positive FAST results are operated on, and stable patients with negative results tend to be observed. We propose to develop the hardware and image analysis algorithms necessary fornovice ultrasound operators to perform life-saving FAST procedures. The proposed system will consist of a low-cost ultrasound probe, connected to a ruggedize tablet computer, running innovative computer vision algorithms, embedded in an intuitive application. Using that system, a novice operator will be visually guided to acquire ultrasound images from the abdominal locations and quantify the free fluid in those images. The target for our initial deployment of the system is level 3 and 4 trauma centers.These centers must often serve areas spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles; however, they are typically under-staffed and under-equipped. The proposal is being clinically driven by Jeffrey Lowell, MD. He is a USNR Trauma Surgeon, and he was recently deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the only Level I Trauma Center outside the U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) procedure is an ultrasound-based examination for rapidly detecting blood in the abdomen, particularly after blunt abdominal trauma, which is common, for example, with car accidents. The challenge is that the FAST procedure requires expertise and equipment which is not commonly available at level3 and 4 trauma centers that serve rural populations. We propose to develop the hardware and image analysis algorithms necessary for novice ultrasound operators to perform life- saving FAST procedures. The proposed system will consist of a low-cost, hand-held ultrasound probe, connected to a ruggedize tablet computer, running innovative computer vision algorithms, embedded in an easy-to-follow software application.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen R. Aylward
518-371-3971
stephen.aylward@kitware.com

Business Contact:

Vicki Rafferty
518-371-3971
contracts@kitware.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

KITWARE, INC.
28 CORPORATE DRIVE SUITE 204 CLIFTON PARK, NY -

EIN/Tax ID: 114180269
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No