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.
The 2016 national call is for breakthrough, disruptive innovations that transform the quality, efficiency, and/or patient /provider experience in the clinic or in the home while reducing the cost of care.
The POCTRC in primary care is receptive to proposals from industry applicants with pre-commercial or commercially available devices that have not been optimized for primary care. The application must detail the limitations of the currently available systems relative to use in primary care and describe how the proposed approach overcomes these limitations./p>
Preference will be given to late stage development efforts where the innovation is likely to be introduced into clinical practive within 18-24 months.
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.
|2016 COMPETITION TIMELINE|
|February 1, 2016||Pre-proposal Submission Site Will Open|
|March 7, 2016||Deadline for Pre-proposal Submissions|
|March 21, 2016||Full Proposals Invited|
|May 2, 2016||Deadline for Full Proposals|
|September 1, 2016||Award Finalists Notified|
CIMIT Announces 2014 Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care Awards Competition
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