Home Based Spirometer for Monitoring Lung Transplant Patients

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HL110531-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43HL110531
Amount: $158,785.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NHLBI
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Small Business Information
6901 E. Fish Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN, -
DUNS: 140696332
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (612) 730-1091
Business Contact
Phone: (612) 730-1091
Email: plichter@koronisbiotech.com
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Koronis Biomedical Technologies Corporation (KBT) proposes to develop a spirometer device targeted toward the needs of lung transplantation patients. Spirometers are standard care for the management of post-operative lung transplantation patients due to their high sensitivity to decreases in pulmonary function. In this project KBT will develop a spirometer equipped with a built-in link to the internet via cellular communication. Recent advances in RF electronics have ledto the emergence of low-cost small-footprint embedded cellular modems enabling the development of a spirometer that automatically and securely transmits pulmonary monitoring data to doctors and healthcare technicians. In this phase I project KBT will develop a spirometer targeting home applications enabled by an embedded cellular communication link. This novel stand-alone zero-skill approach to monitoring alleviates the user from keeping handwritten diaries or manually transmitting the data via a telephonic modem or internet connection which carries the additional burden of acquiring and maintaining a personal computer. The objective of this phase I project is to build and test a prototype cellular spirometer and develop a web based application to enable medical personnel to monitor test results. The utility of the system will be determined via an end-user study conducted with medical doctors and respiratory therapists with expertise in lung transplantation and the post-operative home management of patients.PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Recent advances in wireless communication technology enable the development of a spirometer optimized for home monitoring applications. Unlike current solutions that require users to transmit spirometer measurements via computer or modem connection the proposed solution does not require PC ownership or internet connection but instead will transmit data via a dedicated cellular modem. The creation of a zero-skill spirometer addresses an unmet need in pulmonary home monitoring.

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