People on the Move – AFrame Digital Wins NIH Telehealth Grant

AFrame Digital announced today that the National Institute on Aging, part of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded the company a Phase II
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The more than $1
million grant supports a two-year study to evaluate the use of novel
mobile technologies to improve remote health and wellness monitoring of

The project will monitor 90 adults, aged 65 years and older
(including 60 with congestive heart failure), for six months each.  The
research will focus on the usability of the system by and for seniors
and its ability to easily monitor health status in order to reduce the
likelihood of unplanned medical events, which account for a large
proportion of healthcare costs in the U.S.

“The goal of remote monitoring solutions is to improve quality of
life and independence for the individuals being monitored,” states Amy
Papadopoulos, DSc, the Principal Investigator for the project and Senior
Researcher at AFrame Digital.  “We believe that providing patients and
their caregivers with a more complete picture of their wellness on a
regular basis could result in fewer medical emergencies and
complications, which in addition to improving their quality of life,
would also reduce the cost of health care.”

AFrame Digital’s FDA-cleared MobileCareTM Monitor system employs
sensors embedded in discreet, nonintrusive wrist monitors to gather
activity, location and impact data (including impacts related to falls)
for real-time, continuous remote monitoring.  The system transmits data
over local wireless networks to secure servers, which process and
display the data on web-accessible devices.  Caregivers have access to
easy-to-navigate, web-accessible dashboards and configurable alert
settings, which generate exceptions-based reports and automated alerts
to enhance the situational awareness and mobility of caregivers.

“The MobileCare Monitor system performs continuous trending of
incoming sensor data against personalized baselines, with alerts based
on significant deviations from those baselines,” explains Christine
Tsien Silvers MD, PhD, the company’s Chief Medical Officer. She adds,
“The intention is to combine the current capabilities with intelligent
alerting from machine learning-based predictive analysis of sensor

In an earlier NIH Phase I SBIR study, AFrame Digital collaborated
with Neil Charness, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Florida State
University and a leading expert in researching human factors that
influence the functioning of technological systems.  Results from the
Phase I study demonstrated the feasibility of monitoring adults ages 65
and older using the MobileCare Monitor system, including the wrist
monitor and wireless third-party devices integrated with the system to
collect blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation level,
weight and self-assessment survey data.

During the Phase II project, AFrame Digital will again collaborate
with Dr. Charness.  In addition, the company is collaborating with
Ernest Brown, MD, medical director of Healthcare for the Homebound, an
organization that provides home healthcare to underserved populations in
Washington, D.C.  The company is also collaborating with Commonwealth
Care of Roanoke (CCR), which operates rehabilitation centers across the
Commonwealth of Virginia.  CCR will be using the system to monitor
patients discharged from their facilities in an effort to reduce
hospital re-admissions.

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