A national "center-without-walls" for rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving primary health care
As the number of primary care providers diminishes and the need for primary care increases, there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of providers to care for more patients without a decrease in the quality of care and without unduly burdening the providers.
Funded in 2012 for a five-year period by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Point-of-Care Technologies Research Netword (POCTRN), CIMIT is creating a national “center-without-walls” for rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care (POC) technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving primary health care.
Specific Aims of center
The specific aims of the Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) Center in Primary Care are to:
Define and Prioritize Unmet Clinical Needs Annually
In general, two POC technology-enabled pathways to increase primary care capacity are:
On an annual basis, in collaboration with the MGH Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, under the leadership of Susan Edgman-Levitan, unmet clinical needs in primary care where technology-enabled solutions could be of benefit will be defined and prioritized. In 2013, the highest clinical priorities for point-of-care technologies to address unmet needs in primary care are:
ANNUAL POCTRN in Primary Care awards
Once the needs are defined, a national award competition for academic engineering R&D labs will be conducted with 4-6 awardees per year. We encourage collaboration with CIMIT consortium community investigators.
|2013 COMPETITION TIMELINE|
|February 27 - April 8, 2013||Pre-proposal Submission Site Will be Open|
|April 8, 2013||Deadline for Pre-proposal Submissions|
|May 6, 2013||Full Proposals Invited|
|July 1, 2013||Deadline for Invited Full Proposals|
|September 2013||Award Finalists Notified|
|October 1, 2012||Earliest anticipated start date for funding for those full proposals selected for funding (provided that funds are received from the Federal government and all necessary IRB and IACUC approvals are in place)|
CIMIT Awarded $9.5M Five-Year Grant from NIBIB to Create Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) Center in Primary Care