MedSTART Medical Simulation-based Training Assessment and Resource Tradeoff system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: N00014-12-M-0106
Agency Tracking Number: O112-H19-3055
Amount: $149,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD11-H19
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, -
Duns: 004627316
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gordon Hirschman
 Excutive Vice President
 (781) 890-1338
 ghirschman@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Andrea Hicks
Title: Contracts Supervisor
Phone: (937) 429-9008
Email: ahicks@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
As new simulation systems are developed, acquired and integrated into the teaching environment, there is a constant tradeoff to be made between increased simulator capability and fidelity and the costs associated with acquiring increasingly complex simulation technology. An automated tool to assist in these tradeoffs by determining the return on investment (ROI) of additional or improved capabilities would help control simulation acquisition costs and optimize the mix of traditional vs. simulation-based training. Infoscitex Corporation (IST) has assembled a distinguished team to address this proposal. In conjunction with Dr. Jan Stepanek, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center in Arizona, and his team of clinicians and researchers we are proposing a novel and innovative concept for an intelligent software tool that addresses this need. Our Medical Simulation-based Training Assessment and Resource Tradeoff (MedSTART) system captures medical subject matter expert (SME) knowledge and objective evaluations to assess return on investment of a given set of simulation capabilities. MedSTART estimates the effectiveness of simulator features at various fidelity levels then evaluates costs and benefits throughout the system lifecycle. At the conclusion of Phase II, we will have a pre-production version of our software product ready for immediate deployment in selected applications.

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