How could wearable and smartphone tech help people with depression, epilepsy and MS?

How could wearable and smartphone tech help people with depression, epilepsy and MS?
10 Aug
8:03

The project looks into whether you can use something like a smartphone and a wearable device the kind of things people use to monitor fitness and activity whether these things can tell you something about someone's clinical condition and we are looking at three different disorders: depression, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy People with CNS brain diseases manifest symptoms that can be detected by technology For example, there are changes in behaviour, there are changes in how they sleep there are changes in how they move, there are changes in how they socially interact and these signals are well-suited to being detected by technology

Overall, it's going to reduce costs It's an age-old saying that prevention is better than cure Now if you could actually predict and pre-empt a relapse, we know that we have potentially avoided a hospitalisation, we have avoided expensive treatment and these are the kind of savings that we will have to demonstrate The capacity for these sorts of devices to actually give you information which is informative for clinical practice and tells you something more objective about the person's current state is potentially huge At the end of five years we will really have a much better idea of about whether these technologies give information which is clinically useful and informative

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