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Mobile Apps Could Hold Key to Parkinson's Research, Care

By ­niversity of Rochester Medical Center

March 29, 2018

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Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have performed a study demonstrating that smartphone software and technology can furnish an objective measure of the progression of Parkinson's disease symptoms.

The team enlisted 129 individuals to remotely complete a series of tasks on the HopkinsPD Android smartphone application, measuring voice fluctuations, speed of finger tapping, walking speed, and balance. The measurements recorded by the app were found to correspond with what was observed by physicians in a clinic.

The smartphone data was then analyzed with a machine-learning algorithm that generated a mobile Parkinson's disease score to rate symptom severity.

"The ability to remotely monitor patients on a much more frequent basis, more accurately track the symptoms and progression of the disease, and monitor the impact of exercise, sleep, and medications and their side effects holds the potential to transform how we treat Parkinson's disease," says URMC's Christopher Tarolli.

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