Improving Parkinson’s Disease Outcomes with Mobile Software and Wearables Therapy

Beneufit's World Parkinson Congress 2016 (WPC 2016) poster illustrates the protocols and insights gleaned from over two years worth of experiences and data from it's pdFIT product.

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The triennial World Parkinson Congresses provide an international forum for dialogue on the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson’s disease.

Each Congress brings together physicians, neuroscientists, a broad range of other health professionals, care partners, and people with PD (PwPs) for a unique and inspiring experience. Cross pollinating members of the community is important in the effort to expedite the discovery of a cure and cultivate best treatment practices for this devastating disease.

Beneufit's poster explains the cycling protocols, wearable devices (heart rate monitor and cycling cadence sensor), outcome measures and insight from hundreds of tests taken over two years.

Beneufit’s pdFIT™ mobile app coaches People with Parkinson's (PwP) through personalized protocols designed to improve Parkinson's disease symptoms and delay disease progression. pdFIT™ features a finger tapping test which measures motor control. Because of the precise and objective measurement of manual dexterity PwP have greater insight into their condition and a real-time realization of the program's benefits.

The Outcomes module shows circleTap™ scores for four PwP over a two-year period. Two of the people have taken the self-administered test so many times you cannot read the dates on the chart. This is a powerful example of the engagement and improvement that's possible when wearables are combined with the targeted software for a disease population.

In one chart the circleTap™ finger tapping test shows improvement in only the Parkinson's disease affected hand, which means improved scores are not a result of practice. The desired effects have taken place on the affected hand.