Untethered Home Therapy System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$142,806.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43NS046976-01A1
Award Id:
71760
Agency Tracking Number:
NS046976
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4415 EUCLID AVE, CLEVELAND, OH, 44103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JOSEPH GIUFFRIDA
(216) 619-5904
JGIUFFRIDA@CLEVEMED.COM
Business Contact:
HANI KAYYALI
(216) 791-6720
HKAYYALI@CLEVEMED.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective is to design, build, and clinically assess an Untethered Home Therapy System (UHTS). The research will focus on functional motor recovery in the upper extremity of stroke patients, There has currently been tremendous growth and research into motor relearning after stroke. Carefully directed, repetitive practice of skills is essential to improving recovery. The UHTS should aid in improving the time course and amount of functional recovery from upper extremity motor deficits. This unique system will employ armbands containing dry surface EMG electrodes and a small radio transmitter to transmit EMG to a nearby laptop computer. Software will instruct the patient through a series of prerecorded movies while monitoring EMG. Tasks will include a variety of arm movements, grasp force tracking, EMG tracking, and grasp strength. By monitoring EMG, the software will discriminate tasks, monitor compliance, and provide real-time user feedback. During Phase I we will design, build, and clinically evaluate the feasibility of recording upper extremity EMG with the armband telemetry system, develop algorithms for task discrimination, and a develop a prototype of the user interface software. The prototype UHTS will be clinically evaluated on five stroke subjects to ensure task discrimination, effective subject feedback, and clinical efficacy.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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