The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has made conditional recommendations on five wearable technologies that could help improve symptoms and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease:

  • Personal KinetiGraph Movement Recording System by Global Kinetics Corporation, a watch that measures movement and is designed to quantify movement disorder symptoms, including tremors, involuntary movements, and slowing. It can also monitor movement-related activity during sleep and has event markers for medication reminders and patient confirmation.
  • STAT-ON by Sense4Care, a wrist-worn inertial recorder that is doctor-configurable and measures involuntary movement, how people walk, falls, energy expenditure and posture. It also logs when medicine has been taken, with up to ten alarms per day acting as prompts.
  • Kinesia 360 from Great Lakes Neurotechnologies, a device for monitoring physical movement and muscle activity to analyze how people move, including involuntary movements and tremors, and how their condition develops. Sensors are worn on the wrist and ankle, with a mobile phone app recording data. The app includes electronic logs to capture patient-reported outcomes and medication logs.
  • KinesiaU, from Great Lakes Neurotechnologies, measures tremors, slowness and involuntary movement using a smartwatch and smartphone app. Measurements can be performed via active tasks or passive recording, and patients can view and share reports with healthcare professionals in real time.
  • PDMonitor by PD Neurotechnology, a system for measuring activity, posture, deceleration, gait disturbance, gait freeze, wrist tremor, leg tremor, involuntary movement and on/off periods via devices worn on the wrists, ankles and waist. The PDMonitor SmartBox loads the monitoring devices and collects, stores and processes data before uploading it to the PD Neurotechnology storage device.

NICE has asked the NHS to provide further evidence on the resource impact of technology use for people with Parkinson’s disease, including impact on symptoms, impact on health-related quality of life and how long this lasts, how often the devices are used, and under what circumstances. NHS data collection has begun, with hundreds of patients already receiving the Personal KinetiGraph watch.

A consultation on the recommendation has begun, with NICE gathering thoughts and views until 18 October here.

Mark Chapman, interim director of medical technology at NICE, said: “Bringing wearable technology to people with Parkinson’s can have a transformative effect on their care and lead to faster changes in their treatment.”

He noted that the panel had “conditionally recommended” the use of the “five promising technologies” to address evidence gaps and address uncertainties, adding: “We are committed to balancing the best care with value for money, providing both for individuals as well as society as a whole, while driving innovation into the hands of health and care professionals to enable best practice.’

NICE makes conditional recommendation on wearable devices for Parkinson’s

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