DARPA Selects Charles River Analytics to Develop Health Care Smartphone App

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected Cambridge, Mass.-based company Charles River Analytics to contribute to the development of an injury-detecting smartphone application under a four-year contract worth more than $15.5 million.

The intelligent systems provider said Thursday it will work on the Health and Injury Prediction and Prevention Using Complex Reasoning and Analytic Techniques Integrated on a Cellphone App or HIPPOCRATIC App with Assured Information Security, Tozny and the University of Washington.

DARPA expects the app to assess the health of warfighters using data that smartphone sensors will collect.

Bethany Bracken, senior scientist at Charles River and principal investigator for the HIPPOCRATIC App, stated that the technology will possibly transform health care delivery for warfighters and civilians.

“Earlier diagnoses of injury can prevent return-to-duty of impaired warfighters; earlier treatment means warfighters can perform their duties longer, saving the Department of Defense millions of dollars in training costs,” she added.

The app will be integrated with Tozny’s InnoVault toolkit to secure the private data of users.

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