Choosing a Plan for Minority & Undeserved Workers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 282-94-2033,
Agency Tracking Number: 25302
Amount: $586,272.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, MI, 02920
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christina Zarcadoolas
 (401) 467-9001
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As the ability to communicate with the health care system becomes more important, there isa risk that minority populations, particularly non-English speaking and undeserved persons, will fallfurther behind in the level of care they receive. We are currently developing a general healthcare planfor its member companies, expected to begin in April 1994, and to be fully insured and provided inpartnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island. The investigation are conducting socialresearch to identify variables in decision making abilities and needs. In Phase I we will clarify theseneeds, and develop three prototype decision support systems to assist individuals choose an appropriatehealth plan. In Phase II, the decision support systems will be expanded and refined via a comparativetrial of materials, methods and outlets.

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