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DoD, U.S. Air Force AFWERX Award Phase I SBIR Grant to IncludeHealth to Apply Commercialized Tech to Advance Health of Warfighters

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IncludeHealth was awarded a Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force AFWERX SBIR grant for next-generation technology and data collection (Photo credit: globenewswire.com).

IncludeHealth, Inc., an internationally awarded digital health and wellness company, announced recently that it has been awarded an AFWERX Phase I SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Air Force. The grant applies IncludeHealth’s digital health platform to developing and standardizing next-generation fitness protocols for warfighters. IncludeHealth’s proprietary equipment and cloud-based platform will be installed in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Signature Tracking for Optimized Nutrition and Training (STRONG) laboratory located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, to be used in a two-month study with 40 warfighters.

“By providing integrated digital and physical tools with deep objective data sets, our technology has the potential for meaningful impact and powerful applications in the DoD and Air Force,” said Ryan Eder, founder and CEO of IncludeHealth. “We hope to leverage our commercialized platform to help further quantify and qualify the health of our warfighters while also ensuring best-in-class care post-deployment, whether that is returning to duty or civilian life. It’s an honor to apply our technology towards this purpose.”

The SBIR Phase I grant will leverage IncludeHealth’s instrumented, medical-grade platform to produce personalized protocols with enhanced fidelity based on the resulting data. Initial protocol delivery will be with the aid of a coach, then will transition to full autonomous delivery utilizing IncludeHealth’s HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure.

“We are interested in applying IncludeHealth’s technology to develop and validate next-generation, mission-specific fitness protocols resulting in objective, data-driven, and evidence-based duty qualifying scores,” said Dr. Adam Strang, director of AFRL’s STRONG Lab. “We also see powerful applications to remotely issue individualized training and rehab protocols across the Air Force network without the need for human proxy.”

Once Phase I is completed, Phases II and III are slated to expand by adding multiple installations across the Air Force network, facilitate aggregated data analysis, and further develop deep advancements in next-generation protocols to deliver best-in-class services for the DoD. Advancements to the platform will ultimately be available to all of IncludeHealth’s commercial partners that utilize their platform.

To view the original press release, visit https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/01/08/1681829/0/en/IncludeHealth-Awarded-U-S-Department-of-Defense-US-Air-Force-AFWERX-SBIR-Grant-For-Next-Generation-Technology-and-Data-Collection.html.

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