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Using an API to commercialize an evidence based weight loss intervention

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 4R44DK103519-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44DK103519
Amount: $1,029,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 300
Solicitation Number: PA13-234
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-31
Small Business Information
Chicago, IL 60614-5712
United States
DUNS: 078877363
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (814) 862-9099
Business Contact
Phone: (708) 327-9088
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Over percent of the U S population is currently overweight or obese percent are obese Obesity is a primary cause of numerous chronic diseases including type II diabetes cancer heart disease and the metabolic syndrome Behavioral weight loss interventions have successfully resulted in significant clinical improvements in weight percent weight loss that is sustained for at least months Unfortunately such interventions are often time consuming resource intensive and difficult to scale Digital health holds enormous promise for addressing weight loss and several trials have shown meaningful weight loss using digital health tools Digital health provides a means of reaching large numbers of people with highly personalized content and sustained long term participant engagement all at low cost Despite the promise digital health has not delivered Evidence based tools are virtually absent from the commercial digital health space This application creates a new commercial market segment for digital health health application programming interfaces An API is a way for software applications to talk to one another in a language that they both understand APIs are efficient cost effective and ubiquitous in the commercial market The API allows us to disseminate evidence based interventions in an efficient cost effective manner APIs allow us to disseminate effective interventions in developerandapos s andquot language andquot while preserving the interventionsandapos theoretical and evidentiary basis APIs are used anywhere that software is used so they will allow us to reach varied health market segments including app developers disease management firms health insurers and employee wellness firms In Phase I we will create a commercial weight loss API WeightBox that builds on an existing evidence based framework and evaluate its usability In Phase II we will test the effectiveness of a mobile app that uses the WeightBox API in a randomized clinical trial At the end of Phase II our API and proof of principle app might be the only digital healt weight loss tools in the market with clinical trial effectiveness evidence PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Digital health tools hold enormous unrealized potential to address the high rates of overweight and obesity in the US and abroad The application programming interface API provides a means of making evidence based interventions accessible to the commercial market where they can be broadly disseminated The proposed Fast Track study will Phase I develop an API built on an evidence based framework and Phase II test a proof of principle web application of the API in a randomized clinical trial

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