ECG EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HL070577-01
Agency Tracking Number: HL070577
Amount: $160,251.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ACADEMIC EDGE, INC., 2185 GARDEN SPRINGS DR, LEXINGTON, KY, 40504
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 RICHARD GOLDSWORTHY
 (812) 333-9543
 RICK@ACADEMICEDGE.NET
Business Contact
 RICHARD GOLDSWORTHY
Phone: (812) 332-3343
Email: RICK@ACADEMICEDGE.NET
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Electrocardiogram is the most common cardiac examination ordered by physicians. In the past, only persons working in the ECG laboratory were allowed to perform a 12-lead ECG on a patient. Today, however, this task has been delegated to a variety of health professionals, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and even nursing assistants in some health care facilities. There is a need for educational programs that meet the needs of these practitioners while minimizing resource expenditure. This project proposes the design, development, and evaluation of simECG, a multimedia, simulation-based system to train health care professionals in the use and troubleshooting of ECG machines. Phase I will implement the underlying simulation, an introductory section on the physiological processes underlying ECGs, a single simulated case patient for training the user in performing an ECG, and a parallel assessment module. The design and development will be evaluated through three efforts: (1) a subject-matter-expert review, to include quality assurance by a cardiologist, and (2) an end-user focus group review of the product at three stages--initial design, alpha prototype, and beta prototype. The prototype will also be evaluated in (3) a controlled field trial of 100 randomly assigned target users.

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