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Apple Watches can now be used to track Parkinson’s symptoms

Apple Watches can now be used to track Parkinson’s symptoms
The Siliconreview
14 June, 2022

StrivePD is developed by Rune Labs, a neurology company.

Rune labs, a San Francisco-based startup, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the Apple Watch to monitor tremors and other common symptoms in patients living with Parkinson's disease. The software, StrivePD is developed by Rune Labs, a neurology company. It enables clinicians to track their patient's progress and any changes in symptoms from the neurological disorder, which causes involuntary movements and difficulty with coordination. The passive data collection means patients' don't have to try and remember those fluctuations. It's also a rich source of data on how patients with Parkinson's respond to various medications.

With the help of motion sensors built into the Apple Watch, the Rune labs software can detect when a person falls. The Apple Watch data will be combined with data from other sources, including a Medtronic implant that can gauge brain signals. The goal is for doctors to use the combined data to decide the patients' treatment. Most doctors have to gather data on a patient's movements by observing them during a short clinical visit, which is not ideal because Parkinson's symptoms can vary widely over time. Using the Apple Watch, the StrivePD software platform will provide doctors with a continuous stream of observations over long stretches.