01.ACEmobile helps in the dementia battle
Health professionals can now use a tablet app to help with the diagnosis of dementia.
The ACEmobile app, which has launched worldwide, is designed to make dementia assessment easier, more reliable and more accessible.
Developed by Neuroscience Research Australia's Professor John Hodges and colleagues at Plymouth University, ACEmobile is based on Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (ACE-III) – the most commonly used paper and pencil dementia screening test. Unlike with the traditional method, health professionals will need no formal training to conduct a screening – the app can automatically calculate patients' scores and create a report for their medical records.
The frequency of dementia increases after the age of 70 and early diagnosis is becoming increasingly important as treatment options improve. Hodges and his team hope that this app, available for free and reportedly the first of its kind, will make screening accessible to a greater number of people.
"Not all elderly patients with suspected dementia can be screened in specialists' centres, particularly with increasing pressure on healthcare services around the world," says Hodges. "A diagnosis can now be made anywhere there is an internet connection, which is particularly important in parts of the world where resources are limited."
The app is currently only available in the iTunes store, but should also soon be available for Android devices.