NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 O3.01-9462
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Crew Health and Safety Including Medical Operations
PROPOSAL TITLE: Medical Operations Decision Support System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
S&K Aerospace
63066 Old Hwy 93
St Ignatius, MT 59865 - 9008
(406) 745-7500

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arthur Molin
63066 Old Hwy 93
St Ignatius, MT 59865 - 9008
(281) 480-1453

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4 to 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Determining the probability of specific medical events on a given space mission is difficult. Yet, it is important to have reasonable estimates of these probabilities in order to make informed decisions about managing the associated risks. NASA's mission is and always will be to push the envelope, to go where no historical record exists to give guidance. Consequently, it is necessary to consider additional sources of information, like expert opinion, analog studies, and controlled studies. To combine this information in a principled way, each source should be documented and should be characterized according to its "level of evidence." NASA's researchers need the capability to gather information about each possible event, calculate the probability, update the calculations as new information is discovered, and support informed decisions about risks and risk mitigation strategies.

S&K Aerospace (SKA) proposes an innovative Web-based system to collect relevant evidence for medical events and facilitate the assignment of its "level of evidence", and combine evidence from multiple sources so that principled decisions can be reached concerning the probability of those events. We intend to provide users with the ability to adjust the weighted combinations of multiple sources in order to refine the combined estimates, based on the expert opinion of the user of the software system. This system, which we call the Medical Event Decision Support System, or MEDSS, will allow researchers to create a database of possible medical events that require analysis. For each event, information and references can be added; this information can take any form. In addition, we will build an inference engine that can calculate the probability of the event occurring, based on the information that is available. Each event will have a range of hypothetical mitigation strategies, along with the current best recommendation.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed system will provide NASA with a way to track potential medical events that could affect proposed missions, and support decisions made to mitigate the risks of those events. The system will allow researchers to perform "what-if" analysis of risks under different scenarios, and will automatically recalculate the probabilities of events as more information becomes available or mission planning is updated.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The application would be of interest to any large organization that needs to estimate and track risk. A large potential market for a system of this nature would be the project management for a major engineering project. The system could be used to estimate the risks of various events that could disrupt the project, and it could support decisions made to mitigate those risks. As the project is worked, the system could be used to track events and update the probabilities of events occurring as situations develop.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Database Development and Interfacing
Human-Computer Interfaces
Operations Concepts and Requirements

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