Monitoring side-effects of medication for Parkinson’s
Posted on 21st June, 2018
Two people out of every 1,000 will suffer from Parkinson’s Disease which equates to about 127,000 people in the UK & over 4 million people globally.
Many Parkinson’s disease patients experience unpleasant side effects, such as involuntary movements called ‘dyskinesia’, as a result of levodopa medication.
Levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) can be improved by adjusting medication dosage to find a tolerable balance between the benefits and side effects.
LID-Monitor offers a safe, simple and unobtrusive way of monitoring dyskinesia in a patient’s own home and allows specialists to measure the effectiveness of the medicine prescribed to a patient for their condition.
LID-Monitor - Tier 1 Product.
LID-Monitor is a wearble, non-invasive diagnostic system consisting of six small wireless sensors worn by a patient with known Parkinson’s around the home over periods of 24 hours.
Movements associated with dyskinesia and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are recognised by the system and transmitted electronically to specialists in an easy to interpret graphical format. This allows the consultant and nurse to objectively monitor and adjust a patient's medication without the need for hospital visits and over a 24 hour period rather than during a short consultation.
Benefits of the LID-Monitor
- Saves Money
Cost of treatment in UK each year was estimated to be £1.5 billion in 2013 and over $25 billion in USA. As the disease progresses the likelihood of emergency admission becomes greater. The York Health Economics Consortium has estimated that the LID-Monitor could potentially save the NHS of up to £84 million per year in reduced consultations and hospital admissions.
- Improved patient management
Providing an objective, accurate measurement of a patient's movement and symptoms against the time and dose of medication allows informed adjustments to treatment regien by consultants without the need for travel.
- Non-invasive, safe and quick to use
- Up to six sensors measuring symptoms in all limbs
- Automatic uploading of data
- No need to undertake specific clinical tasks
- No reliance on internet connection
- Tailored to the clinical need
- Patient can be monitored in their own home without the need to travel to hospital
- Improved management of Parkinson's patients