Wearable technology in the Healthcare sector is becoming increasingly more popular thanks to innovative designs that are useful, yet compact and comfortable. We’ve seen many devices that measure different body functions such as heart rate or glucose levels, and now the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has partnered with Intel to create a health device for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The devices collect over 300 observations per second from the wearer about the measurable features of Parkinson's disease such as tremors, sleep patterns and balance. Using the data produced from these devices could help with the progression of drug development to help relieve symptoms for sufferers.
"Data science and wearable computing hold the potential to transform our ability to capture and objectively measure patients' actual experience of disease, with unprecedented implications for Parkinson's drug development, diagnosis and treatment," said Todd Sherer, chief executive of The Michael J Fox Foundation.
Intel and The Michael J Fox Foundation also plan to launch a new mobile application later this year that allows patients to report their medication intake as well as how they are feeling.
Parkinson’s disease affects one in 100 people over the age of 60 and currently there is no test to diagnose the disease. With the help of wearable technology, scientists will be able to learn more about diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s.
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