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Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) Center in Primary Care

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:

  1. Apply CIMIT’s innovation model to create clinically-driven point-of-care solutions that address critical areas of unmet need in primary health care.
  2. Identify and assess unmet primary care needs and develop performance criteria where point-of-care technology solutions would have the highest impact.
  3. Select the most promising point-of-care technologies and develop them into proof-of-concept prototypes.
  4. Test and evaluate prototype performance in simulated clinical environments and clinical “living laboratories” relative to clinical performance and implementation criteria.
  5. Transition prototypes that meet performance specifications into commercially licensable or start-up company opportunities.
  6. Train and educate relevant stakeholders in the innovation process as it applies to meeting health care needs.
  7. Disseminate “lessons learned” and best practices in innovation methodology and process both nationally and internationally in collaboration with other POCTRN Centers.

Define and Prioritize Unmet Clinical Needs Annually

In general, two POC technology-enabled pathways to increase primary care capacity are:

  • To introduce point-of-care technologies eliminating unnecessary steps and re-work to increase the efficiency of operations.
  • To offload selected testing and self-monitoring capabilities to the home setting for patient self-management. 

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.

For the 2014 national call for proposals, breakthrough, disruptive innovations that transform clinic efficiency, workflow or patient /provider experience are solicited. In the future, clinical test results will be available at the time of the in-office or virtual primary care visit. Point-of-care testing from drops of blood or other body fluids or from non-invasive, non-chemical means will support clinical decision-making without testing delays or the inconvenience of off-site laboratory testing, and follow-up.

The focus of this solicitation is to develop POCTs for

  • The most commonly used tests in primary care:
  • Where results can be available within 20 minutes at the time of the visit
  • Without the need for venipuncture

Priority will be given to micro-volume chemistry tests that are not currently available, such as:

  • Complete blood count with differential
  • Chemistry panels (esp. potassium)
  • Cardiac biomarkers; BNP/NT-proBNP

Microfluidic and nanotechnology platforms that are capable of providing a broad array of test results are welcomed. Nonchemical sampling techniques such as optical or sonic methods or other physical modalities that expand the capabilities of primary care practices to deliver care will be considered.

To accelerate clinical adoption of POCT in the primary care environment and minimize potential barriers to acceptance, point-of-care technologies should address Design Requirements for POCTs in Primary Care.

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.

2014 COMPETITION TIMELINE
February 18, 2014 Pre-proposal Submission Site Will Open
March 31, 2014 Deadline for Pre-proposal Submissions
April 21, 2014 Full Proposals Invited
June 2, 2014 Deadline for Full Proposals
October 2014 Award Finalists Notified

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

2.18.14
CIMIT Announces 2014 Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care Awards Competition
Click to download the full solicitation document.

12.3.12
CIMIT Announces 2013 Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care Awards Competition

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