The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK has announced that Parkinson’s patients will receive smartwatches which allows doctors to evaluate their condition remotely.
The gadget, called Parkinson’s Kinetigraph (PKG), was developed by NHS, together with University Hospitals Plymouth Trust and University of Plymouth.
PKG comprises sensors and helps to monitor the movements of the patients from the comfort of their homes. It also provides buzzes to remind patients to take their medicines.
The device allows doctors to check their condition over the week course and spot issues like immobility, sleep disturbance and excessive movement.
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said: “Parkinson’s is an incurable illness that has a significant impact on peoples’ lives and this small watch will dramatically improve their quality of life – providing a thorough review of their health and ensuring they get the care they need from the comfort of their own homes.
“Not only is it better for these people living with Parkinson’s, but it is also more efficient for the NHS – freeing up space and time in hospitals for our hard-working staff.
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“The cutting-edge device is the latest in a long line of world-leading innovations that the NHS is bringing to the frontline as part of our NHS Long Term Plan commitment to use the most advanced technology possible for our patients.”
NHS stated that half a million pounds of NHS funding has been provided to integrate the device, along with their data and the ability to contact the doctor, into the electronic records of the patient over the next year.