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Kinetics Foundation and National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Announce their Partnership to Evaluate Objective Parkinson's Disease Measurement System
Date:6/23/2011

MIAMI, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Kinetics Foundation are pleased to announce their partnership to evaluate Kinetic's Objective Parkinson's Disease Measurement (OPDM) system as a tool for more accurately measuring the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD).  The evaluation will take place at six NPF Centers of Excellence enrolled in NPF's groundbreaking Quality Improvement Initiative (QII).

"It is our hope that our OPDM system can help more accurately measure the results of treatments than the rating scales the medical community has been commonly using up until today," said Ken Kubota, program director of the Kinetics Foundation.

NPF will integrate the OPDM system into QII, the largest prospective study of PD in history with over 4,000 patients enrolled at 19 centers in four countries. The study aims to reveal current patterns in clinical practice, drive quality improvement in PD care and spawn comparative effectiveness research.  Data collection covers key areas necessary to identify and improve care quality such as comorbidities, medications and exercise. The evaluation is expected to be completed in early 2012.

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to evaluate these devices," said Peter N. Schmidt, PhD, NPF's VP of programs and CIO. "We hope that the rich information provided by the sensors will give additional insight into the motor symptoms of PD and help us to understand the benefits of different clinical approaches."

The OPDM system is comprised of both dexterity and mobility measurement devices, which communicate to a central server via the Internet. Researchers access the data on this central server through a web interface. The OPDM system is likely to emerge as the first to measure PD patient symptoms objectively, rather than subjectively. The OPDM system consists of
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