Neurological Assessment

Summary

A mobile neurological assessment suite for analyzing cognitive functions through surveys, participatory tasks, and opportunistic data collections.

Details

Recently, a transition of neurocognitive assessments to mobile devices for the benefits of their configurable built-in sensors, scoring, interpretation, and storage capabilities has occurred. As mobile technology becomes increasingly accepted in healthcare among both users and clinicians, the ability to use device information (e.g., device positional data, screen interactions, and application usage) for subject monitoring also increases. With the transition of pen-and-paper style clinical tests to mobile platforms, the current “gold standard” of testing should be updated to include these new beneficial, objective, capabilities. The proposed approach for updating the previous versions of testing, to a comprehensive, systematic implementation of mobile technology, is necessary for understanding conditions of interest. The systematic approach includes the implementation of a mobile device’s sensors, scoring, storage, and usage capabilities as well as the formation of a system based approach using wearable devices and self-reporting techniques, to allow for higher-quality, objective, real-time data collections and analysis. This new standard should be intended to aid clinicians accurately and objectively diagnose neurological conditions, map the development of these conditions over time, and monitor individuals while providing them with efficient, evidence-based, personalized, rehabilitation programs.

Sample Application Design

Screenshot of shape tracing application demo
Screenshot of trace application interactive content: trace a circle

Dataset

This study is designed to work with a population of individuals with Parkinson's Disease and related dementias. Currently, 25 individuals with Parkinson's Disease are enrolled and corresponding age-matched controls are also included in the dataset. 

Publications

  • Templeton JM, Poellabauer C, Schneider S, "Enhancement of Neurocognitive Assessments Using Smartphone Capabilities: Systematic Review", JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020;8(6):e15517, doi: 10.2196/15517 [publication link]

Project Members

  • Dr. Christian Poellabauer
  • John Templeton