Wearable Technology III. Monitoring Parkinsons Symptoms

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Wearable Technology III. Monitoring Parkinsons Symptoms by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

Prof. Mandokiya narrated the story of his own early research investigating the use of  smart watch technology to monitor the symptoms of Parkinsons -- the tremors -- in order to help physicians monitor the effectiveness of medications they had prescribed.  

The collaboration between engineers with technological savvy and physicians with understanding of the disease manifestations was an exciting new step for a young engineer. Tracking patients in their own homes was an appealing prospect for physicians, potentially speeding the move to correct dose of medication and improving symptom control.

With a sample of 24 patients they achieved 83% accuracy for scoring the Parkinsons symptoms using a severity scale that physicians had previously been administering in clinical settings.  However, that level of accuracy was not good enough to satisfy the physicans, who were concerned about potential legal ramifications as well as precise targeting of treatment.

 

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