People with Parkinson’s disease could see their health care transformed thanks to a novel service connecting wearable technology.
The technology, named Developing Home-based Parkinson’s Care and allow by the UHPNT (University of Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust) and University of Plymouth, will see patients use a wearable wrist-worn device called as PKG (Personal Kinetigraph) as a part of the new system to aid them and an expert team monitor their health condition at home.
Developed by the Global Kinetics Corporation, the Personal KinetiGraph monitors movement signs of Parkinson’s and processes them with the proprietary algorithm.
Complemented by a survey that asks patients about the non-motor symptoms such as mood swings, patients will wear the wrist-watch for six-day, allowing them and care team to recognize and implement any essential changes to treatment.
The professional Parkinson’s team can then work remotely, confirming that help – with calls or hospital appointments – can be provided when it is required.
Recent guidelines recommend that people with Parkinson’s should obtain specialist review at least once in every 6 months, whatever the phase of their condition, generally delivered by a consultant and public PDNS (Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist).
But a current audit of patient experience, directed by the project team, recognized that more than 46% have expert appointments overdue by near around 6 months, and more than 60% have not seen the community nurse since the last year.
Some areas of Britain don’t have a dedicated service, and more than 50% of available PDNS posts are due to lasting sick leave.
An important part of the project is the plan of a new service that will bring together Parkinson’s with people, healthcare team and their families in co-design workshops. It will ensure that care delivery actually meets the requirements and all expectations of patients living with Parkinson’s.
The service will also provide an education package, allowing people know that how to make sure about the service works best for their health, and offering people with the knowledge which will require them to manage their Parkinson’s symptoms intensely.