Posted: 2014-09-25 in Press Releases
Parkinson’s UK and Global Kinetics Corporation collaborate to provide promising new mHealth technology throughout UK
..Sophisticated medical device Parkinson’s KinetiGraph could revolutionise management of Parkinson’s disease
..Technology to be trialled in Parkinson’s services in UK as part of 12-month pilot project
..Enables remote monitoring of Parkinson’s symptoms for the first time.
25 September 2014: AN INNOVATIVE medical device designed in Australia to improve management of Parkinson’s disease will be made available in the United Kingdom, as part of a 12-month pilot project.
Lead Parkinson’s research and support charity Parkinson’s UK will enable access to the medical device, known as the Parkinson’s KinetiGraph (PKG), for up to 200 people living with Parkinson’s throughout the UK.
The PKG is a wrist worn technology that automatically records highly specific movement data and information about medication concordance. This valuable information can assist treating clinicians to more accurately monitor symptoms and better manage the condition.
Global Kinetics Corporation Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Maxwell said: “Our company was founded by leading Australian neurologists and brain researchers who recognised that clinicians require actionable information to inform patient management.
“GKC has long held the view that measurement matters in Parkinson’s, and this will allow clinicians to provide optimal treatment, leading to better quality of life for patients and superior health cost outcomes.”
As part of the pilot program, patients will wear the technology for 10 days prior to specialist consultation, to allow information about their symptoms and their impact on daily life to be tracked.
Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK commented: “This is a new way of managing Parkinson’s and we eagerly await the outcome of this important evaluation program.
“Mobile health technologies provide a new opportunity to monitor and manage this debilitating movement disorder affecting an estimated 127,000 people in the UK alone.
“Tools that are able to provide more objective information about how symptoms actually affect people in their everyday lives can assist clinicians in planning more suitable medication regimes. Our aim is for people living with the condition to receive the best possible treatment that best manages symptoms affecting quality of life.”
The PKG technology, developed by Australian neurologists at Global Kinetics Corporation, has been validated and used in premier movement disorder centres across Europe, Australia and Asia.
Mr Maxwell said Parkinson’s UK is a highly influential patient focused organisation, committed to helping people with Parkinson’s live the best possible quality of life.
He said he was confident that the PKG would become a routine management tool throughout the United Kingdom.
“We know this technology is highly effective at monitoring the key movement disorder symptoms of Parkinson’s, dyskinesia and bradykinesia,” he said.
“When clinicians have this information they can tailor medication regimes for optimal symptom management and ultimately enable improved quality of life. We look forward, in time, to making this important PKG technology available and accessible throughout the UK.”
For more information on the Parkinson’s Kinetigraph please go to www.globalkineticscorporation.com.au
· Becks Openshaw is available at Parkinson’s UK on +44 20 7963 9351
· Global Kinetics Corporation chief executive officer Andrew Maxwell is available through Emma Power at Monsoon Communications on 0419 149 525.