Mobile Future

Parkinson’s Patients Say Goodbye to the Hassle of In-Person Check-Ups

With primary care visits streamlined with the help of telemedicine, next on the list includes digital health solutions for treating specialized disorders and diseases. At San Diego’s International Congress of Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders last week, researchers had the opportunity to share results of a Connect.Parkinson study conducted to illustrate the promising relationship between treating Parkinson’s disease and telemedicine.

Project leaders shared that there are an abundance of neurologists to treat Parkinson’s patients across the U.S., but the problem is where they are geographically located. In most cases, patients cannot drive long distances to see such specialists in addition to paying for healthcare costs.  A pilot study found that remote consultations using mobile broadband and digital health services can save patients up to three hours of time and 100 miles worth of driving per visit.

The only complaint when it came to the Parkinson’s telemedicine apps used in the study was the video quality. As more consumers increasingly rely on telemedicine, it is also incredibly important that consumers have access to high-speed broadband services. These services require mobile connectivity that depends on deployment of broadband infrastructure using valuable spectrum resources.

Read more about how to get involved with the Connect.Parkinson research, here.