Lessons Learned from Using Wearables to Research Parkinson’s Disease

Consumer health was one of the big trends that came out of HIMSS 2016. Patients using wearable technology and smartphone apps to collect and send data to physicians is making a dramatic impact on how healthcare research is performed.

One area where this model is already moving forward is in Parkinson’s disease research. Patients battling this disease usually see their physicians every six to 12 months. By utilizing technology, patients can regularly collect data on their movements, send the information to the cloud for analysis, and be better prepared for their next appointment. This process provides more value for each interaction with the doctor and from what we see, the patients are excited to be able to contribute data and help researchers combat this disease.

In the above video clip, Chen Admati, advanced analytics manager at Intel, explains how consumer health platforms such as wearable technology are helping in Parkinson’s disease and shows how Intel is working to develop new algorithms to analyze important information. The hope is to take the value from this research model and translate it to other disease platforms to combat some of the most prevalent health challenges facing us today.

Watch the video and let us know what questions you have about wearables and consumer health.