Telefonica helps develop device for Parkinson's patients

Tuesday 21 April 2015 | 14:35 CET | News

Telefonica I+D, the research and development arm of the Telefonica Group, has joined forces with the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Quiron Teknon hospital to develop what the creators describe as a “revolutionary” device in the diagnosis, treatment and management of Parkinson's disease. The EUR 5 million telemedicine project has created a holter monitor, dubbed REMPARK, which aims to accurately determine and quantify the disease’s symptoms. The system is made up of a device the size of a mobile phone which is worn around the patient’s waist, attached to a bio-compatible waist-band. The device contains a series of sensors, a microprocessor and a Bluetooth interface which allows it to communicate with a smartphone, with an effectiveness rate of 87 percent in identifying the presence of motor skills and 100 percent in identifying the lack thereof.

Over the past three years the project has been studying the evolution of 40 Parkinson's patients in Spain, Italy, Ireland and Israel using a remote control and tele-monitoring system running on Telefonica's remote management platform. People suffering from Parkinson's disease will soon be able to purchase a device of this type to self-manage their disease, particularly during its first stages, said Telefonica during REMPARK's final project workshop held at the company's flagship store in Madrid.

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