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.
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
Priority will be given to micro-volume chemistry tests that are not currently available, such as:
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|
CIMIT Announces 2014 Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care Awards Competition
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