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Vestibular Rehabilitation Aid (VestAid)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH19C0006
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0391
Amount: $994,117.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA172-014
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-18
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pedram Hovareshti
 (301) 294-5230
 phovareshti@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Servicemembers post-concussion often suffer from dizziness, visual blurring and balance problems, similar to civilian persons with vestibular disorders. This results in slower reaction times, decreased productivity (in the form of lost duty days) and negatively impacts force readiness, lethality, and adaptability.An integral part of vestibular rehabilitation is an individualized home exercise program that the clinician prescribes to address particular functional limitations and impairments. However, providing patient-compliant home-program vestibular rehabilitation exercises is challenging, because of the difficulty of correctly understanding and following the instructions, lack of motivation, lack of feedback, and other adherence issues.To address this critical need Intelligent Automation, Inc. and Professor Susan Whitney, propose to develop VestAid, an end-to-end Vestibular Rehabilitation support solution that based on physical therapists directives sets and monitors customized home-program vestibular rehabilitation exercises, and engages patients in adaptive rehab strategies to overcome dizziness and vertigo.VestAid uses a combination of IAIs novel image processing and machine learning algorithms, and individualized mobile health technology to develop an easy-to-operate mobile platform that guides the conduct of individualized Vestibular-Ocular Reflex (VOR) and habituation exercises, assesses compliance, and encourages increasing adherence to treatment programs on the patient side and provides easy-to-interpret patient-compliance reports on the clinician side.

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