DEVEL. OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED MEMORY PROSTHETIC DEVICE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
11373
Agency Tracking Number:
11373
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Blacknall House, 300 Alexander Ave, Durham, NC, 27705
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED MEMORY PROSTHETIC DEVICE (IMPD) WILL PROVIDE BOTH REHABILITATIVE TREATMENT AND LONG-TERM COGNITIVE SUPPORT FUNCTIONS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI). APPROXIMATELY 500,000 PERSONS SUFFER A TBI EACH YEAR, WITH TOTAL ANNUAL COSTS ESTIMATED TO REACH $4 BILLION. A LARGE PORTION OF TBI PATIENTS ARE LEFT WITH PERMANENT MEMORY OR OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL DEFICITS. THE IMPD IS BASED ON A HAND-HELD COMPUTER THAT PROMPTS THE PATIENT IN REAL TIME FOR THE INITIATION AND COMPLETION OF TASKS. THE IMPD SOFTWARE IS FLEXIBLY DATA DRIVEN BY A DOWNLOADED THERAPIST'S PRESCRIPTION AND CONTAINS CLOCK, CALENDAR, ALARM, AND TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTIONS TO SUPPORT CUING, MONITORING, AND REINFORCEMENT OF PATIENT BEHAVIORS. THERAPIST DESKTOP SOFTWARE HAS BEEN DESIGNED FOR THE ASSESSMENT AND PROGRAMMING OF THE PATIENT'S IMPD-ASSISTED THERAPY. THE PERFECTED IMPD SYSTEM WILL HAVE IMMEDIATE AND DIRECT APPLICABILITY TO OTHER LARGE CLINICAL POPULATIONS SUFFERING COGNITIVE DEFICITS INDUCED BY STROKE, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, AND OTHER DEMENTIAS. ADDITIONALLY, THE IMPD COULD BE EMPLOYED IN NORMAL POPULATIONS FOR TIME MANAGEMENT, HABIT TRAINING, AND OTHER FORMS OF BEHAVIOR THERAPY, AND AS A "PEOPLE METER" FOR USE IN BOTH MEDICAL AND MARKETING RESEARCH.

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