Around 50 million people are thought to be living with Alzheimer's and dementia worldwide. With 21 September marking World Alzheimer's Day, Dr Tabet's timely study uses an AI-backed technology platform called Cognetivity to provide patients with cognitive tests much more quickly and easily, while also providing doctors with rapid analysis of the results.
The Cognetivity platform crucially allows patients to take tests in their own time at home to pick up early signs of dementia. By making diagnosis simpler and quicker, it can enable patients to access vital treatment earlier than ever before. The first entrant to the market that draws on AI to conduct rapid cognitive analysis, the platform is currently on trial screening patients at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Speaking to the medical journal NR Times, Dr Tabet - director at the Centre for Dementia Studies at Brighton & Sussex Medical School – said: "Dementia diagnosis is very labour intensive. There is a need for a brain scan, blood test, maybe ECG, completion of cognitive assessment by a specialist nurse, psychologist, or occupational therapist. This assessment can take several hours, which can often be too much for a patient in one day, so they need another appointment.