Confidential ASL Access for Medical Consultation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$99,950.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
1R43DC005898-01
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2003
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
DC005898
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
VCOM3D, INC.
VCOM3D, INC., 3452 LAKE LYNDA DR, STE 260, ORLANDO, FL, 32817
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 DANIEL ROUSH
 (407) 737-6820
 DANNYR@VCOM3D.COM
Business Contact
 CAROL WIDEMAN
Phone: (407) 737-4695
Email: CAROLW@VCOM3D.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Miscommunication is a risk in virtually all conversations. When two people converse using different languages, miscommunication is nearly certain. And when the topic of discussion is personal medical information, the results could be tragic. The aim of this Phase 1 project is to develop a proof-of-concept and feasibility analysis of MediSign. This innovative software tool will build upon SigningAvatar TM technology--which employs 3D animated characters who can communicate in American Sign Language (ASL)--to allow on-demand, confidential and effective communication access for Deaf patients. The software development research will fulfill the following five goals: to sign-enable common medical words, phrases, and forms, to develop a simple user interface, to integrate and test the components, to conduct user evaluations, and to complete reporting requirements. The final commercial product will provide a cost-effective means for accurate communication thereby allowing medical professionals to administer quality and timely care to patients who are Deaf, while simultaneously empowering the Deaf patients to actively participate in their medical treatment. As a result, a further benefit is to increase the public health of this minority population and meet the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1974.

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