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Computerized Orthotic Prescription System - COPS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R44HD069095
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
NICHD
Solicitation Number:
PA11-096
Small Business Information
Orthocare Innovations, LLC
840 RESEARCH PKWY, STE 200 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Computerized Orthotic Prescription System - COPS
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44HD069095-02
Award Amount: $1,302,943.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Stiffness and alignment of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) should be tuned optimally to maximize their function. Improperly tuned AFO may induce joint pain, reduced ambulatory function, and increased medical complications for patients with stroke. Therefore, the relative quality of AFOs fit determined by its stiffness and alignment is of paramount concern in the daily lives of patients ambulating with an AFO. However, no clinical tool is currently available that can objectively guide orthotists to tune the AFO. This has led frequent mismatches between the needs of the patient and the delivered orthosis. The objective of the proposed work is to develop a novel system for AFOs called the Computerized Orthotic Prescription System (COPS). COPS assists orthotists in tuning the AFO stiffness and alignment dynamically in patients with stroke. COPS consists of a diagnostic AFO, intuitive clinical software and a custom-made modular AFO. The diagnostic AFO and the clinical software areused to select optimal components for the custom-made modular AFO delivered to each patient. The diagnostic AFO allows fine- tuning of stiffness and alignment and monitors ankle joint moment and motion. The data will be wirelessly transferred to the computer and the clinical software will instruct how the stiffness and alignment of an AFO should be adjusted. Once the tuning of the diagnostic AFO is completed, the software recommends which components should be selected for the modular AFO. The COPS will give confidence to both orthotists and patients and also significantly reduce time for the iterative process of stiffness and alignment tuning of a AFO. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: This project will develop a system that can assist and improve the prescription of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) for patients with stroke. The technology will objectively guide the orthotists to determine the optimal stiffness and alignment of AFOs to maximize their dynamic function for each patient in an expedient and cost-effective manner.

Principal Investigator:

Toshiki Kobayashi
800-672-1710
tkobayashi@orthocareinnovations.com

Business Contact:

Toshiki Kobayashi
800-672-1710
tkobayashi@orthocareinnovations.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ORTHOCARE INNOVATIONS, LLC
840 RESEARCH PKWY, STE 200 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -

EIN/Tax ID: 145055491
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No