This is an interesting concept that makes sense. Like the nine-hole peg test that some neurologists use to test finger dexterity, and like some apps that attempt to measure this, monitoring how quickly, and in what manner I can move my fingers might allow a physician to track the progression of my disease. It could be done remotely and frequently.
But I heard a news story the other day warning of a possible security risk posed by monitoring the typing patterns of smartphone users. The story reported that if a pattern can be matched to an individual, that person’s smartphone could be traced, even if the GPS is disabled.
Let’s remember that an idea like this brings with it the potential for risk as well as benefit.
Typing patterns in daily smartphone use show clinically relevant changes over time in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but not among healthy individuals, a study shows.
Notably, these variations often coincided with clinically meaningful changes in measures of disease activity, disability, and/or fatigue in MS patients with and without changes in brain lesions.
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Here’s another case of technology meeting MS. In this case, a website replaces paper and pen for several tests based on the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for MS and the Beck Depression Inventory. This sounds to me like a work saver but not a testing game-changer.
A software platform, called CogniSoft, allows for automated assessments of cognitive health in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
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