What You Should Know:
– Nuvance Health, a system of nonprofit hospitals and outpatient healthcare services throughout the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut launches a pilot that provides brain-stimulating activities such as gamification and a way to upload family photos and videos for “reminiscence” therapy.
– The platform, Neuroglee Connect uses artificial intelligence to track which activities help each individual the most to target the most effective treatment possible. The goal is to delay the progression of MCI into dementia.
– The platform also provides support to family caregivers, who play a critical role in caring for their loved ones with MCI.
Impact of MCI
MCI is an early stage of memory loss or other cognition problems, such as difficulty with language and thinking. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 12% to 18% of people age 60 and older have MCI in the United States. While MCI is not a type of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates 10% to 15% of people with MCI eventually develop dementia every year.
Neuroglee Connect Overview
Neuroglee Connect™ is a virtual neurological specialty care program for clinical care teams to provide ongoing, personalized support for patients with MCI and caregivers from the comfort of their homes.
The remote monitoring program Nuvance Health has made available through its Neuroscience Institute includes brain-stimulating activities that can measure performance through timely assessments and identify signs of deterioration. A digital dashboard captures this information in real-time for neurologists who can provide ongoing therapy modifications based on real-world data while efficiently tracking each patient’s adherence to the program.
The digital platform offers brain-stimulating activities such as playing games and learning new skills. It also offers memory compensation training, and reminiscing by uploading and viewing personal photographs and videos to trigger memories. In addition, the platform includes content about healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.
The remote monitoring program has a digital platform and resources for caregivers because they play a critical role in the management of neurodegenerative conditions. Care partners can monitor a patient’s progress through the platform and access education, support, and informational tools for identifying and overcoming MCI-related anxiety and stress.
“Nuvance Health’s neurologists will use a digital platform to remotely monitor patients and keep them mentally active with consistent and intense brain activities,” said Dr. Wright. “Patients will use an iPad to participate in medically-tested activities to stimulate their brains.”