What Does NeurCare Do?
Early detection is key to minimizing the impact of neurological disorders by delaying onset, improving overall health and reducing costs. NeurCare is a mobile application developed in collaboration with the National Institutes for Health that remotely monitors patients with neurological disorders and gives physicians and healthcare providers the ability for early detection and timely interventions.
NeurCare consists of sixteen tests that measure cognitive, motor, cerebellar and sensory functions. Patients take the tests on their smartphone and test results are streamed to a backend system for analysis. A web-based portal provides physicians and healthcare providers with the ability to easily identify severe deterioration as well as to track longitudinal patient test data. Neurcare is designed to monitor patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s as well as provide early detection of neurotoxicity due to CAR T-Cell immunotherapy treatments.
The U.S. is facing a serious shortage of neurologists, and this issue is projected to become even more pronounced as the elderly population expands. To make matters worse, many neurological patients find it difficult to attend their appointments - a problem which has only been magnified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are now mobile apps for remotely monitoring neurological patients that have been clinically tested and approved.
This app offers 16 tests to measure a range of cognitive, motoric, cerebellar, and sensory functions. All test results are securely stored in a HIPAA compliant backend system, with motivational feedback given to the patient after each test. The patient can also compare their results to their personal best score and to age-related normative results. Push notifications are also available to remind patients to take tests, and comprehensive instructions and videos are provided for each test. Additionally, a health dashboard offers an easy-to-understand overview of the patient's test results.
The tests created by NeurCare have been subjected to initial clinical testing, which has revealed statistically significant correlations between results from these tests and those obtained during in-person neurological exams. As it is designed to be user-friendly and accessible to a wide range of neurological patients, NeurCare provides clear, straightforward instructions for each test. Depending on the patient's capabilities, they may be asked to do all of the tests or just select tests from the suite. All patient data is then uploaded to a backend platform for machine-learning analysis, helping to diagnose the patient's condition and determine whether a physical appointment is necessary.
Easy Neurological Testing
The NIH has collaborated with Dogtown Media in order to create a mobile app called NeurCare. This app is designed to allow for remote monitoring of patients with neurological illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Hodgkin's and Alzheimer's. This application features 16 assessments which gauge cognitive abilities, motor skills, cerebellar coordination, and sensory functions.