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Health Tech Solutions (HTS) is a health-IT company that uses Artificial intelligent communication technology called TXP Chat™ to provide decision support for surgeons reviewing organ offers. Currently, 54% of donated organs go unused in the US every year. HTS is clinically live and facilitates the majority of organ transplants in Iowa and has expanded to 8 pilots throughout the U.S. HTS was awarded an NIH SBIR Phase I grant focused on using TXP Chat™ to maximize the number organs recovered per donor thereby reducing costs and increasing revenue for their hospital partners.
Emerging health IT start-up HealthTech Solutions
has received a notice of award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a Small
Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant totaling $238,400. The grant will be
used to support research and development of the company’s proprietary software to
make organ transplant communication more efficient and effective.
Organ transplant is a complicated, time-sensitive process that relies on hundreds of
phone calls and faxes per donated organ. This inefficient communication contributes to
over 50 percent of available organs going to waste; meanwhile, 22 patients die each
day in the US waiting for a life-saving organ, over 120,000 people continue to wait for a
major organ transplant, with wait times up to five years.
The NIH granted only 526 out of over 4,000 SBIR Phase I applications in 2016, with
only three from Iowa, where HealthTech Solutions has its corporate base. Upon
completion of the Phase I SBIR project, Health Tech Solutions has the opportunity to
pursue an additional $1-2 million in grant funding via a NIH SBIR Phase II proposal.
“The SBIR grant program is incredibly competitive, and this award provides great
validation of the problem we are working to resolve as well as the positive impact that
our technology is likely to have on the transplant community,” said Dalton Shaull,
CEO/Co-Founder. “Having received an experimental transplant myself, I am passionate
about the field of organ transplantation, and our team is thrilled that our hard work has
paid off with a successful award.”