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Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: AG14617-01
Agency Tracking Number: 39356
Amount: $99,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Lexington, MA 01273
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (617) 674-2884
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (adapted from investigator's abstract): This project develops and tests a Resident-Centered Information (RCI) system for Assisted Living: a psycho-socially oriented assessment protocol based on the best available instruments; a service planning format using an expert decision system; an integrated resident-services logging system; and a complete set of management modules. The system supports assisted living providers serving frail elders and other dependent groups and includes approaches to meet the needs of those with cognitive impairment. The system, to be developed in both a paper and pencil and computerized form, is easy to use, so that it is supportive to staff and creates reliable data for continuous improvement and outcomes research. Nursing homes currently use the Minimum Data Set (MDS) as an industry-wide system for assessment, service planning, reporting. However, the MDS, with its health care orientation, does not meet the needs of assisted living providers. The RCI system will use many of the same data points to allow for comparability across settings, and ease of transfer for individual users of long-term care services. The new system will build on Hearthstone's experience in assisted living operations and research, particularly its current SBIR/NIA project is using assessment and outcome measures developed under NIA-funded collaborative studies. $ = TOTAL AWARD AMTS & NOT LIMITED TO PORTION OF PROJECT RELATED TO SUBJECT OF SEARCH SUBPROJECT $ = TOTAL AWARD AMOUNT DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF SUBPROJECTS SOURCE: CRISP FORMAT F FY 97 LAST UPDATE 04-07-98 1QUERY 1536 ID SEARCH 06/01/98 PAGE 30 --PROJECT NUMBER......1 R43 AG14618-01 INVESTIGATOR NAME/ADDRESS FY 97 HOBDAY, JOHN V IRG/INTRAMURAL UNIT..ZRG2 PERCEPTUAL MULTIMEDIA INC. AWARD AMOUNT......... $100,000 5409 W HIGHWOOD DRIVE MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55436 PERFORMING ORGANIZATION: PERCEPTUAL ENGINEERING, INC. TITLE CD-ROM/INTERNET ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM ABSTRACT: Alzheimer's is a major disabling disorder. The number of persons in the United States with dementing disorders, now between 4-5 million, will reach 14 million by the year 2020 [11]. Caregiving is associated with higher than usual health and mental health problems, family disharmony, and social isolation [16-18]. To impact this situation, Perceptual Engineering will develop a CD-ROM/Internet resource for caregivers and families of patients suffering from Alzheimer's. This Phase I proposal will develop the multimedia components of the first ten (10) of what will be an eventual fifty (50) Most Commonly Asked Questions about disease. This proof of concept prototype will be created as a shell, enabling its reuse for future versions focused on other diseases. Focus groups will identify, test and validate the process and selection of the fifty Most Commonly Asked questions, and evaluate program effectiveness. A report of findings will accompany the CD-ROM prototype developed during Phase I. Phase II will develop content and programming for additional modules, including the remaining forty (40)Most Commonly Asked Questions. Primary commercialization will concentrate on marketing agreements with medical publishers of interactive multimedia and non-profit organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association.

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