Mobile Parkapp Will Help Diagnose Parkinson’s

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Аvera Allen, Deputy Editor In Chief

Date: 25.02.2021

Researchers from Malmö University in Sweden are developing an interactive digital health tool, called Parkapp, to monitor symptoms and help diagnose Parkinson’s disease.

The mobile app is able to monitor finger movements, voice samples and motion patterns as the conventional smartphone screen is tapped, making it possible to gather patients’ data without the need to consult a physician.

“The technology makes it possible to collect the data daily. The idea is that it should be able to replace parts of the examinations that are usually done in hospitals,” Dario Salvi, PhD, a researcher at the Internet of Things and People (IoTaP) and the project’s lead investigator, said in a press release.

The research project began earlier this year is expected to run until the end of 2022.

“There are a number of simple tests that the patients do themselves through the mobile phone. In parallel, a continuous measurement of movements takes place on a smart watch. Collected data is sent to a server and can then be analyzed by a doctor,” said Salvi.

Data will be collected through an extension of the Mobistudy app. Created in the U.K., at the University of Oxford, it is now being advanced by Salvi and IoTap in Sweden.

The application makes use of well-established methods such as measurements of patients’ movement patterns, speech, or tremors.

“We let patients do a short voice test on their mobile phones. Parkinson’s affects speech, and voice tests have shown to provide a lot of information about who has the disease and to what extent,” Salvi said.

The article based on the information: ParkinsonsNewsToday

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