Like a pig snouting truffles, can Artificial Intelligence diagnose MS?
I used to think neurologists did this – one has a nose for these things 😉
The app uses a matrix involving a ‘mood questionnaire’ to figure out well being; ‘symbol matching’ to assess cognition; ‘walking’ using a step tracker; ‘u-turn’ assessing ability to turn; ‘balance’ testing sway; ‘mobility’ a daily record of walking; ‘pinching’ for hand dexterity; ‘drawing’ to test additional motor skills and visuo-spatial function.
Essentially, it’s a clinician on your phone.
The authors collected data over an year to allow them to do make this determination (information that can be gathered in a single visit by your neurologist, if you ask me), as repeat participation improves accuracy. And, it doesn’t discount the possibility that the participant may have an entirely different neurological disorder to that of MS. But, I do think it will prove to be useful tool in collecting long-term outcome data outside the clinic setting.
At the back of my mind, I can see many nefarious uses for this app; online companies may collect data for insurance purposes, particularly as there are no clear guidance from most countries on how this type of data is shared with third-parties. It may even be used to monitor activities of daily living for determining social care allowance, for example.