Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies (GLNT) announced today they are launching commercialization and clinical studies to expand their telemedicine technology, Kinesia HomeView™ [ http://glneurotech.com/kinesia/homeview/ ], for individuals with Parkinson’s disease by adding real-time video conferencing. The research and development are being funded in part by a $1.2 million Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The technology is currently under development at GLNT with clinical validation studies planned this fall domestically at The University of Rochester, The University of Toledo, and internationally at Hospital Universitario de Burgos in Spain. As part of development, GLNT is partnering with Vidyo, Inc. [ http://vidyo.com ] to integrate their real-time video conferencing technology into the Kinesia system.
Telemedicine is a growing healthcare market trend to improve patient care and accessibility. There are several types of telemedicine applications including real-time video conferencing, remote monitoring, and store and forward technologies. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting over six million people worldwide. Individuals with PD can be affected by tremor, slowed movements, rigidity, and gait abnormalities. After chronic use, common therapies to treat motor symptoms often cause a side effect known as dyskinesias, which are involuntary and irregular rapid movements. These daily changes in symptoms and severities, which can be difficult to assess in a short office visit, can be captured by more continuous remote monitoring with patient worn sensors. In addition, a large portion of the Parkinson’s population currently lacks access to expert care if they have mobility issues that limit travel or do not live near specialty centers. Linking patients with movement disorder specialists through web-based systems can improve accessibility.