THE INCREASING AGE OF THE POPULATION AND CHANGING POLICIES ON REIMBURSEMENT FOR HOSPITALIZATION HAVE SHIFTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF CLINICAL CARE TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2881
Amount: $49,325.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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9850 Redhill Drive, Cincinnati, OH, 45242
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 ALAN R. KAHN
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (513) 984-8815
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Abstract
THE INCREASING AGE OF THE POPULATION AND CHANGING POLICIES ON REIMBURSEMENT FOR HOSPITALIZATION HAVE SHIFTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF CLINICAL CARE TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES. THESE CHANGES ARE CREATING A NEED FOR INEXPENSIVE, EASILY USED PRODUCTS TO SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF NURSING SERVICES INTO HOME ENVIRONMENTS. THIS PROPOSAL INVOLVES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DRUG DISPENSING SYSTEM TO CONTROL THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS TO PATIENTS AT HOME. THIS BEDSIDE SYSTEM WILL DELIVER DRUGS ON A PRESCRIBED SCHEDULE, ALERT THE PATIENT, ACCOMMODATE CHANGES IN PRESCRIPTION SCHEDULES, PROTECT AGAINST OVERDOSES AND THEFT, AND MAINTAIN A LOG OF PATIENT COMPLIANCE FOR TRANS-TELEPHONIC TRANSMISSION TO A NURSING CENTER. THIS AUTOMATIC DRUG DISPENSER WILL BE USED IN MANY CLINICAL AREAS AS A STAND-ALONE DEVICE AND WILL LATER BECOME A MODULE OF A MORE COMPREHENSIVE HOME PHASE I WILL INCLUDE A STUDY TO DEVELOP A DESIGN CONCEPT AND TO CONSTRUCT AND TEST PROTOTYPE DEVICES, AND A CLINICAL EVALUATION PROGRAM. THE RESULTS OF PHASE I WILL PROVIDE THE DATA NECESSARY TO EVALUATE THE CONCEPT AND SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE FEATURES, AND ALSO TO DEVELOP SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE DESIGN OF A MARKETABLE PRODUCT.

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