Quest Diagnostics Launches Digital Tool, CogniSense, to Assess Dementia

Quest Diagnostics Launches Digital Tool, CogniSense, to Assess Dementia
Quest Diagnostics has announced the release of CogniSense, its digital cognitive assessment tool to assist physicians in diagnosing, assessing, and managing the care of people with cognitive dysfunction. Quest says its design objective for CogniSense was to overcome the various limitations inherent in conventional, paper-based cognitive assessment, such as the inability to compile easily trackable data over time or integrate information with patients' electronic health records (EHRs). "CogniSense addresses a gap in cognitive health assessment today — a lack of digital technology that seamlessly integrates results into a patient's electronic health records to track cognitive function and disease progression over time," Edward I. Ginns, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and medical director, neurology, for Quest Diagnostics, said in a press release. "CogniSense's features enhance the efficiency and ease of cognitive assessment especially in a primary care setting." CogniSense incorporates a digitized version of the Memory Orientation Assessment Test (MOST), a protocol in which memory recall techniques, information comprehension tests, and tablet-based clock drawing are used by healthcare practitioners to assess the cognitive health status of patients' memory, orientation, sequential memory, and perception of time. Quest, citing studies involving more than 3,500 people, says MOST has been shown to provide greater sensitivity and specificity than the standard, paper-based minimental state examination (MMSE) and MiniCog tests. Available as an app for the Apple iPad, CogniSense tests a patient's memory, orientation, and executive organization in less than 10 minutes, and generates cognitive sco
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