Introduction: Ai Cure Technologies LLC was established in 2009 to develop automated medication adherence monitoring solutions using computer vision technology. This SBIR Phase II will allow Ai Cure Technologies to test the accuracy and validity of its flagship product, AiView". The SBIR Phase I demonstrated that the AiView" platform was technically feasible and capable of confirming medication administration. Significance: Poor medication adherence is a huge burden on clinical research and clinical practice. The inability to accurately measure or improve adherence significantly compounds the problem. Clinical trials depend on people taking the drug being tested. The problem of medication adherence has been addressed - determinants of adherence are being studied and new monitoring methods developed - but no solution has been able to accurately confirm real-time medication adherence while also being affordable, flexible, and likable. The Product: Ai Cure Technologies will provide an automated DOT (Directly Observed Therapy) software platform, AiView", for use in clinical trials which uses sophisticated computer vision technology on webcam- enabled smart phones or tablets to visually confirm medication administration. AiView" will visually track and confirm medication administration without human supervision. Long-Term Goal: The AiView" system will combine sophisticated computer vision technology with the best attributes of DOT for 1/400th of the cost. Automating and standardizing the way medication adherence is captured will help clinical trials better define their subjects'rates of compliance and allow them to intervene immediately in case of non-compliance. Phase II hypothesis: AiView" can be used to accurately measure and improve medication adherence across different patient populations, and positively impact self-perception and clinical outcomes.
Specific Aim #1 : To demonstrate that the AiView" system can accurately measure and improve medication adherence in a depression and a stroke patient population.
Specific Aim #2 : To demonstrate that the AiView" system can improve self-perception and improve clinical outcomes in the AiView" intervention groups Expected Outcome: The patients in the AiView" intervention groups (depression and stroke) are expected to have statistically significant higher adherence rates than those in the pill counting groups.

Public Health Relevance

Poor medication adherence is a huge burden on clinical research and clinical practice with the inability to accurately measure or improve adherence significantly compounding the problem. In accordance with this SBIR Phase II grant, Ai Cure Technologies will continue development and testing of its Automated DOTSM (Directly Observed Therapy) software platform, AiView, for use in clinical trials which uses sophisticated computer vision technology on webcam-enabled smart phones or tablets to visually confirm medication administration. Automating and standardizing the way medication adherence is captured will help clinical trials better define their subjects'rates of compliance and allow tria administrators to intervene immediately in case of non-compliance, thus improving the accuracy of clinical trials the overall safety of the drug development process.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
Type
Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR) - Phase II (R44)
Project #
5R44TR000873-03
Application #
8670794
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-RPHB-C (10))
Program Officer
Eckstein, David J
Project Start
2013-06-04
Project End
2015-04-30
Budget Start
2014-05-01
Budget End
2015-04-30
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$888,295
Indirect Cost
Name
Ai Cure Technologies, LLC
Department
Type
DUNS #
831784215
City
New York
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
10010