MEMORY-ASSIST DEVICE TO IMPROVE PRESCRIPTION COMPLIANCE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$430,744.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
11046
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
American Research Corp. Of Va
642 1st St, Box 3406, Radford, VA, 24143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE EVER-INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF THE U.S. POPULATION 65 YEARS OLD OR OVER PRESENTS A SPECIAL PROBLEM TO PHYSICIANS AND PHARMACISTS: HOW TO ENSURE THAT ELDERLY PEOPLE, WHO MAY SUFFER FROM MEMORY IMPAIRMENTS, WILL COMPLY WITH A MEDICATION REGIMEN. THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A MINIATURE COMPUTER DEVICE THAT WILL SIGNAL A VARIETY OF ALARMS AT PRESCRIBED TIMES, SIMULTANEOUSLY DISPLAYING CONCISE AND EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE QUANTITY AND TYPE OF MEDICATION TO BE TAKEN BY ITS OWNER. A PHYSICIAN OR PHARMACIST CAN USE ANY OF SEVERAL COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE PERSONAL COMPUTERS TO STORE A PRESCRIPTION SCHEDULE IN THE MINIATURE DEVICE. THE PROPOSED DEVICE WILL BE SMALL ENOUGH FOR AN ELDERLY PERSON TO WEAR COMFORTABLY AROUND THE WRIST. SPECIFIC AIMS IN PHASE I INCLUDE: DESIGN AND CODING OF THE CONTROL SOFTWARE, SIMULATION OF THE DEVICE IN SOFTWARE, DESIGN OF THE HARDWARE, PROTOTYPING THE HARDWARE, INTEGRATION OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE, AND DESIGN OF A PHASE II PROOF-OF-CONCEPT AND EVALUATION PROGRAM.

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