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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.

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 29, 2016 Full Proposals Invited
May 9, 2016 Deadline for Full Proposals
September 1, 2016 Award Finalists Notified

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

1.15.2016
CIMIT Announces 2016 National Award Competition for the Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care

9.18.2014
CIMIT Announces 2015 Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care Awards Competition

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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