People with Parkinson’s could soon be able to use their mobile phone to remotely monitor and manage their non-motor symptoms, thanks to technology in development at the University of Plymouth. A comprehensive digital system, consisting of an app and web-portal, called NMS Assist, will also be connected to the person’s healthcare team, offering monitoring and guidance in the comfort of their own home.
Parkinson’s has more than 40 symptoms, with tremor, rigidity and stiffness being the most commonly recognised. But non-motor symptoms, including bladder problems, insomnia and depression, can have a massive impact on the quality of day-to-day life. Early intervention and treatment can stop them becoming worse but currently, these symptoms tend to be under-reported at medical appointments.
NMS Assist hopes to overcome this by allowing people with Parkinson’s and their carers to keep an accurate record of their symptoms. As well as empowering people to take control of their symptoms at home with self-management guides, their healthcare teams will be able to access the data, allowing them to make interventions between appointments and have better informed conversations.