Locating the Elderly Overseen by Nurses - LEON

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44AG037302-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44AG037302
Amount: $832,242.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PA11-096
Small Business Information
3414 Governors Drive SW, HUNTSVILLE, AL, -
DUNS: 121059757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (931) 639-7191
Business Contact
Phone: (256) 489-0075
Email: e.richards@q-track.com
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed effort aims to develop a comprehensive wireless tracking and monitoring system for residents of Long Term Care facilities. The commercial product ElderAlertTM extends Q-Track's real-time location system totrack residents, caregivers, and medical assets within a LTC facility. ElderAlertTM directs caregivers to residents who have fallen or have called for assistance. Past position data is used to evaluate resident status and the quality of medical services. Fall alerts can dispatch immediate help to the precise location of the resident automatically without false alarms. Residents can summon assistance remotely giving them more mobility as they move through their Long Term Care facility. In Phase II Q-Track will include Human Subjects, residents and nurses in participatory design and prototyping. Furthermore, we will demonstrate location tracking of residents, staff, and medical equipment in a long term care facility. Our team includes geriatric researchers from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the University of South Florida, and clinical partners Madison Manor and Sunrise Village. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Q-Track is developing the commercial product ElderAlertTM to provide comprehensive wireless tracking and location in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. Leveraging a patented NFER(R) wireless technology, ElderAlertTM will deliver a cost-effective monitoring and paging platform for residents, nurses, and administrators alike. The goal of the project is to decrease response times and the incidence of falls while increasing the overall safety and care in Long Term Care facilities.

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