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Context Aware Mobile Device Software for Substance Abuse Interventions and Behavioral Modification

Posted Aug 09 2012 8:00pm

Description of Invention:
Available for licensing for commercial development is software that provides personalized feedback for treating drug dependence and associated risky behaviors. The tool is designed for both healthcare providers at the point-of-care and for self-help. Many people who could benefit from treatment do not receive it because of its low availability and high cost. The available software “mPAL” (Mobile Personalized Assessment and Learning), combines mHealth-based educational functions with the Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) functions of TED (transactional electronic diary) software. mPAL allows interchange of data obtained from EMA and learning system in order to deliver context-aware intervention in real time, customized to the individual needs of participants. mPAL enables participants to interact with educational materials at the time and place of their choosing and receive personalized feedback when and where it is most needed. The software integrates into HuRlS where comprehensive patient data can be leveraged alongside the mPAL data to provide better understanding of the underlying factors under investigation.

  • Substance abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Behavioral modification
  • Smoking cessation
  • Pain management

  • Low-cost mobile treatment mechanism
  • Provides personalized feedback to patients at the time and place they choose
  • Proven usability in prior clinical studies

Development Status:

Massoud R Vahabzadeh (NIDA)
Mustapha Mezghanni (NIDA)
Jia-Ling Lin (NIDA)

Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-195-2012/0

Relevant Publication:
  1. Vahabzadeh M, et al. PGIS: Electronic diary data integration with GPS data initial application in substance-abuse patients. In, Proc. 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, pp 474- 9, 2010.
  2. Lin JL, et al. [ PMID 16779081 ]
  3. Vahabzadeh M, et al. An electronic diary software for ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in clinical trials. In, Proc. 17th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, pp 167-72, 2004.

Collaborative Research Opportunity:
The NIDA, IRP, Biomedical Informatics Section, is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize Mobile Personalized Assessment & Learning for Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Modification. For collaboration opportunities, please contact Vio Conley at .

For Licensing Information Please Contact:
Michael Shmilovich Esq.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325,
Rockville, MD 20852
United States
Phone: 301-435-5019
Fax: 301-402-0220

Ref No: 2470

Updated: 08/2012

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