Sunday, October 24, 2010

NIH Awards SBIR Grant

NIH has awarded a $1.25 million SBIR grant to the Indiana University School of Informatics and to “My Health Care Manger”, Inc, a leader in managing the issues and options of aging. The grant will be used to enhance “My Health Care Manager’s” suite of software and decision support system referred to as the “Senior Care Navigation System or SCANS®.

The NIH SBIR grant follows the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s $1.9 million grant from Indiana’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund to initially develop SCANS® in 2008.

The information technology system was originally created by experts in geriatric medical health informatics, engineering, and computer science and forms the foundation for “My Health Care Manager’s” holistic, personalized, and comprehensive approach to geriatric management services for seniors and families.

The test laboratory being led by Mathew Palakal, PhD, at the IU School of Informatics, will be able to add increased functionality to SCANS® by developing an automated knowledge acquisition system. The system will then be able to mine large, text-based literature databases to allow senior care agencies and providers access the latest research on geriatric health issues.

For more information on “My Health Care Manager” go to or call 1-800-499-8020.