Wearable Wireless Sensors to Monitor Aging Population

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$1,096,980.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2R44AG029036-02A1
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
R44AG029036
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIA
Solicitation Number:
PA10-050
Small Business Information
6901 E. Fish Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
140696332
Principal Investigator:
PATRICK LICHTER
(612) 730-1091
plichter@koronisbiotech.com
Business Contact:
PATRICK LICHTER
(612) 730-1091
plichter@koronisbiotech.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Koronis Biomedical Technologies (KBT) proposes to develop a low-power wireless system for connecting miniature wearable sensors for continuous automatic data collection in a home setting. The proposed system will be a valuable tool for researchers/clinicians and has the potential to provide early diagnosis of changes in the aging process for clinicians. There is a significant need for minimally-invasive, non-intrusive, wearable, and cost-effective devices that can be integrated into the daily lives of the elderly. Existing measures for age-related changes and processes have a number of limitations. For example, patient questionnaires require the participant to self-report information that is highly subjective. Other technologies require the patient to perform or comply with rigid testing procedures. Yet other technologies only collect a single point of data or require invasive procedures. There is a need for sensor technology which requires little participation by the patient and provides continuous, real-time data collection. Such sensor technology would provide researchers and clinicians vital information as to the variations and rates of changes in physiological parameters during the slow progression of the aging process. This data could also be utilized in understanding and modeling health and age-related events/episodes. In this Phase II, KBT will develop an Internet based system to monitor Parkinson patients in their homes using a set of wireless sensors attached to the body to capture movement. This Internet based system will provide videoconferencing capability, remote access to data recorded from the sensors using a web-enabled smartphone, and software to analyze data recorded. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: This device will support detailed human aging population studies, which support numerous research areas. There are currently no monitoring systems on the market that can provide long-term multi channel recordings in participants home and transfer data to the Clinic/Research Center.

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