IBM, Pfizer launch joint experiment to help measure Parkinson’s symptoms using IoT and analytics

This is a great example of how IoT can help to collect important data that is needed to analyze and treat diseases like Parkinson’s . I’m excited to see more examples like this! 

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What happens when you put a technology company together with a drug company and try to come up with unique new ways to understand Parkinson’s disease? You end up with a project that uses sensors on the body and in the home to provide continuous measurement of a patient’s symptoms and the impact they have on that person’s daily life, something that’s almost impossible to do right now.

Trying to track Parkinson’s symptoms is difficult today because they can vary widely throughout the day and doctors only see their patients on a periodic basis, says Ajay Royyuro, director of the Computational Biology Center at IBM Research. This makes any kind of meaningful measurement of the disease a challenge for patients, doctors and researchers.

To compensate for this, doctors may ask patients to keep symptom diaries, but these can be spotty or subjective and can’t provide a complete objective picture of an individual patient’s particular set of symptoms when dealing with the…

Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: IBM, Pfizer launch joint experiment to help measure Parkinson’s symptoms using IoT and analytics

 



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