Parkinson’s Disease, or PD, is the 2nd most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder worldwide, after Alzheimer’s disease. There are 80,000 people with Parkinson’s disease in Australia, and 7-10 million people worldwide, and this number will only increase as our populations age.
Many Parkinson’s Disease patients experience a common problem – their medication wears off before it is time to take the next dose. By combining a mobile app with a wearable device, we are developing the technology that can not only detect when patients have symptoms (such as tremor and dyskinesia) but also predict when will be the optimal time to take their next dose of medication. By recording symptoms and calculating the severity of Parkinson’s Disease progression, we allow patients to take an active role in managing their symptoms and develop a better connection with their health care team.