Doctor analysing ICATechnology firm Cognetivity Neurosciences has announced an agreement to deploy its cognitive testing platform with a specialist dementia and senior care provider in London, enabling it to monitor the cognitive health of its members.

The Integrated Cognitive Assessment (ICA) uses artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to help detect the earliest signs of cognitive impairment by testing the performance of large areas of the brain.

Cognetivity state that the tool is also user-friendly, and that its simple test format means it does not need to be administered by a healthcare professional, enabling remote testing and monitoring as well.

Loveday & Co, which has its flagship residence on London’s King’s Road, claims to be the only dedicated operator of specialist memory care in the UK.

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The firm, which is set to open three more central London residences in 2022, offers a variety of tailored services to its elderly members, including residential and “day club” environments, as well as home care.

According to Cognetivity, using the ICA will allow Loveday’s team to identify when certain interventions may be needed and ensure members receive an appropriate care plan at the earliest possible stage.

The ICA, Cognetivity states, is capable of supporting the whole patient journey, from the screening of at-risk individuals and assessment during the diagnostic process to longer-term monitoring.

Its precise nature will allow for a personalized and data-driven approach, supporting the many programs run by Loveday that target the modifiable risk factors of dementia, such as nutrition, exercise and social support.

The simple test format of the ICA and its lack of need for administration by a healthcare professional also enable remote testing and monitoring from the comfort of people’s homes.

As such, the ICA has proven itself ready-made for the elderly and long-term care sector, in addition to its existing deployments in more conventional clinical settings, notably as an end-to-end solution within primary, secondary and community care in the NHS.

Commenting on the announcement, Gabriela Zackova, Director of Wellbeing and Dementia at Loveday & Co, said: “At Loveday, we believe that our members deserve dignity and a high quality of life regardless of any conditions they are living with.

“I am confident that Cognetivity’s innovative, industry-leading tool will support us on that mission, and I greatly look forward to seeing it deployed soon.”

Dr Sina Habibi, Cognetivity’s CEO, said that her company is “very excited” at the prospect of supporting Loveday’s fantastic work.

She said: “What’s also exciting for us at Cognetivity is to see ourselves branching out from more traditional assessments in the hospital clinic and into the residential and home care environments,” he continued.

“This is going to be a more and more important area as time goes on, and the fact that the ICA is naturally so well-suited to it means that we can be confident of playing an increasingly large role in the years to come.”

News of the agreement follows a recent report by telecare provider Tunstall Healthcare which stated that it is crucial for caregivers to understand how technology can help people living with dementia maintain their independence, stay safe and remain active.

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