Machine Medicine is developing a platform to help assess people with Parkinson's. Doctors usually assess physical disability by eye which is subjective and inconsistent. Their platform allows researchers to record, score, store and analyse video during motor assessment.
Machine Medicine's app is called Kelvin, named after physicist Baron Kelvin and can be used on a smartphone or tablet. Recorded videos of Parkinson’s patients are analysed using machine learning and computer vision. Detection of motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s patients is claimed to be more reliable than doctors on their own.
Instead of subjective judgements of the severity of a tremor or slow movement (bradykinesia) the platform utilises video and computer vision to capture and extract objective and reproducible metrics of motor dysfunction. The platform has been offered to clinicians for free and neurologist have signed up to pilots and these key opinion leaders help determine which methods are used in clinical trials. Commercial entities like pharma and medical device companies pay for the platform according to volume.
Co-founder and CEO Jonathan O’Keefe previously had a career as an academic clinician. The company has a grant from Innovate UK.