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STTR Phase I: Remote patient monitoring of medication fall risk in the elderly

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2013899
Agency Tracking Number: 2013899
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MD
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-31
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 080472408
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Norman Reeves
 (517) 316-6613
Business Contact
 Norman Reeves
Phone: (517) 316-6613
Research Institution
 Michigan State University
 Amy J Keenum
Office of Sponsored Programs 426 Administration Bldg, Rm2
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

 Nonprofit college or university

The broader impact/commerical potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will be a potentially significant reduction in medication-related falls, injuries, and deaths, as well as a reduction in fall-related medical costs. The number of older adults dying from falls increased by a factor of three between 2000 and 2016, with increased medication use possibly contributing to this alarming trend. Polypharmacy (i.e., taking 4 or more drugs) is growing with a 3-fold increase from 1992 to 2002. Since drugs are a modifiable risk factor, periodic medication reviews are recommended for fall prevention. This project will explore a new balance test involving target tracking to remotely monitor medication fall risk and allowing for timelier, personalized assessment of the risk of getting hurt. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will advance a new balance test using target tracking. Technical work includes: 1) Confirm that the new test is sensitive to medication effects and is safe to perform; 2) Discriminate between fallers and non-fallers, thus demonstrating test validity; and 3) Compare test results with those of other tools. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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