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National Parkinson Foundation and Global Kinetics commence clinical trial to study impact of KinetiGraph use in patient care

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | June 22, 2016
Melbourne, Australia & Miami, FL—June 22, 2016—Global Kinetics Corporation, developer of the Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) mobile health technology for the management of patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) today announced a clinical research collaboration to study the impact of continuous objective measurement of movement in patients with Parkinson's disease using the Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) Movement Recording System.

Developed by Global Kinetics, the PKG™ System provides a precise, objective assessment of changes in mobility in patients with diseases and conditions that affect motor skills. The PKG is a wrist-worn device that automatically records motion data over a period of 6 days. Physicians can download detailed information about the patient's symptoms within minutes, identifying changes and trends that can be important considerations in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease. The device can also alert patients when it's time to take medication as prescribed and the patient can acknowledge medication taken using the device.

This clinical research project will be a multi-center randomized controlled trial involving over 400 Parkinson's patients conducted as part of the NPF Parkinson's Outcomes Project Registry Study which began in 2009 as a core element of the NPF Quality Improvement Initiative. The study has grown to become an unprecedented research collaboration among over 20 leading movement disorder specialist centers and is now the largest clinical study of Parkinson's disease with nearly 9,000 patients enrolled across four countries. "Our goal with the Parkinson's Outcomes Project is to identify clinical practices that make a difference in patient outcomes. The hope is that this new PKG™ study will show how we can use technology to provide information to guide better and more effective clinical decisions, helping more people with Parkinson's to achieve the best outcomes they can, and that we will be able to translate this into other care settings," said Peter Schmidt, PhD, NPF Senior Vice President and Chief Mission Officer.

"We are pleased that NPF have recognized the PKG as an essential tool in the management of Parkinson's and are pleased to be able to partner with them on this clinical trial. One of the great challenges in clinical care of people living with Parkinson's disease is the subjective nature of symptom observation, which can lead to wide variability in use of medicines and in treatment protocols," said Global Kinetics Corporation co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Professor and neurologist Malcolm Horne. "The PKG™ provides continuous, precise, and accurate assessments of changes in mobility in patients with Parkinson's disease, which can play an important role in helping make informed treatment decisions, this allows clinicians to provide optimum treatment and ultimately leads to better outcomes for people with Parkinson's."

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