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Vestibular Rehabilitation Intelligent Testing, Analysis, and Training Support (VERITAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH19C0010
Agency Tracking Number: H182-005-0071
Amount: $149,807.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA182-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-04
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Pedram Hovareshti
 (301) 294-5230
Business Contact
 Mr. Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
Servicemembers exposed to blasts have frequent complaints of vertigo, gaze instability, balance problems, motion intolerance, and other symptoms consistent with peripheral vestibular pathology. Current vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based approach aimed at promoting gaze stability, improving balance, and habituating symptoms. To maintain the high standards of the Military Health System in Access, Quality of Care and Patient Safety, it is important to provide health practitioners with tools to assist them in the assessment and management of vestibular rehabilitation therapy.To address this critical need, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI), along with Professor Susan Whitney, and Dr. Lewis Nashner, propose to develop Veritas, a customizable, portable and low-cost Vestibular Rehabilitation clinic support solution that helps setting, assessing and monitoring individualized exercises aimed at returning Servicemembers to duty more efficiently. Leveraging IAI teams expertise in vestibular rehabilitation, wearable sensing, visual analytics, machine learning, biomechanical models, and user-centered design, Veritas helps health providers to start a vestibular rehabilitation therapy exercise regimen; provide them withinstrumented Vestibular Ocular Motor Screening as well as objective assessment of postural balance; assist them with keeping track of patients symptoms as they proceed the exercises; and help them determine if the patient needs further therapy by a specialist.

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