Family caregivers face daunting challenges in caring for persons with Alzheimer?s disease. Currently, there is no widely available mechanism to provide real-time, context sensitive support to informal AD caregivers that can address the specific care needs of each AD patient. To address this critical gap, we developed CareVirtue, an innovative web/mobile application for family caregivers that also assists formal care providers helping these families. During this Phase I project we will validate the CareVirtue web/mobile application as a method for caregivers to document daily care interactions with AD patients, and establish the utility of the generated data to develop predictive models for an intelligent caregiver assistant application. Looking ahead, our long term goal is to commercialize an AI-enabled intelligent caregiver assistant application that provides on demand, highly-relevant information about AD patients to care teams, which will ameliorate caregiver stress & burden, reduce health care expenditures, and improve quality of care for both AD patients and their caregivers.

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Family caregivers face daunting challenges in caring for persons with Alzheimer?s disease. Currently, there is no widely available mechanism to provide real-time, context sensitive support to informal AD caregivers that can address the specific care needs of each AD patient. During this project we will perform usability and feasibility testing for the CareVirtue web/mobile application, and also develop initial predictive models for an AI-enabled intelligent caregiver assistant application. This intelligent caregiver assistant application will be validated in a larger Phase 2 trial.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Type
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants - Phase I (R41)
Project #
1R41AG069607-01
Application #
10078993
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1)
Program Officer
Gerald, Melissa S
Project Start
2020-09-01
Project End
2021-08-31
Budget Start
2020-09-01
Budget End
2021-08-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2020
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Whiplash Technology, Inc.
Department
Type
DUNS #
080804076
City
Palm Springs
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92262