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IMMERSIVE AND INTERACTIVE VR PLATFORM FOR QUANTITATIVE TELEHEALTH REHABILITATION OF RARE DISEASES. SBIR PHASE I TOPIC 020.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 75N95021C00021
Agency Tracking Number: 75N95021C00021
Amount: $324,685.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 20
Solicitation Number: PHS2021-1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
23 Strathmore Rd
NATICK, MA 01760-2448
United States
DUNS: 011279168
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 JOSHUA KLINE
 (508) 545-8212
 jkline@altecresearch.com
Business Contact
 Gianluca De Luca
Phone: (508) 545-8202
Email: gdeluca@altecresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

To address the needs for user engagement and remote metrics for rare disease patients, physicians, therapists and healthcare providers are collaborating to develop an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment for physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation. The experience provides a remote medium to monitor user pain, discomfort, mobility, and biometrics during a prescribed therapeutic exercise session. Research has indicated that immersion afforded by VR can reduce pain and discomfort in the physical medicine and rehabilitation context. However, perception of immersion is highly individualized and context-dependent to the patient. To address the needs for user engagement and remote metrics, physicians, therapists and healthcare providers are working with developers to advance an immersive VR environment for physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation. Efforts in game design mechanics through multi-modal immersion such as haptic feedback vests, olfactory masks, and other emerging technologies are being investigated to understand how to best design healthcare experiences for emotional engagement and interpersonal connection. These metrics can provide a remote medium for physicians and therapists to understand patient movement and engagement in therapy protocols. Now, these efforts should evolve into an interactive environment so physicians and healthcare providers and rare disease patients can meet remotely and still receive quality care.

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