Online App to Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Enters Initial Trial Stage

Online App to Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Enters Initial Trial Stage
A student-led team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis, Missouri, has developed an online app designed to streamline the process of Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. It provides physicians with more information about patients before they are evaluated in person, enabling physicians to assess and assist patients more quickly. Less time spent on information gathering to determine a patient's condition frees up more time for doctors to explain the life-changing implications of an Alzheimer's diagnosis to patients and their families, and to discuss treatment options. "This app is not meant to replace the visit with the physician," WUSM MD/PhD student Robert Chen explained in a press release. "It is meant to help physicians have more information about the patient before they are evaluated in person. With additional reliable and clinically relevant information in the hands of physicians beforehand, the hope is that physicians can make a diagnosis more quickly and confidently, and spend the extra time building a treatment plan and answering questions from patients and caregivers in the face of a devastating diagnosis,” he said. Chen is co-leader of Memento, the student group that designed the app. Memento was established by Sling Health (formerly IDEA Labs), a student-run biotechnology incubator founded in 2013 at WUSM. The WUSM Memento team's Alzheimer's diagnostic app represents a collaboration between students at the Schools of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering & Applied Science. The app presents 60 to 100 questions to be
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