Canadian startup PragmaClin, with its digital assessment tool for monitoring Parkinson’s disease symptoms, has won the 2022 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge.
Bronwyn Bridges, co-founder and CEO of PragmaClin, (above) said the ultimate goal is for people living with Parkinson’s to get help faster with more accurate results. Bridges was a master’s student working with working with Gord Genge, who lives with Parkinson’s when she got the idea for the digital assessment tool. Genge’s initial idea progressed into software they’ve named PRIMS.
How does PRIMS work at monitoring motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? To start, the person living with Parkinson’s completes a survey at hone to determine their daily living skills. Then, they visit a doctor’s office, where they complete a series of tasks in front of a computer equipped with body-tracking cameras. PRIMS assigns a score, based on that real-time data, on an internationally recognized Parkinson’s scale.
For more about PRIMS and how PragmaClin will use the $20,000 cash prize from the 2022 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge, and more about the age-tech innovations from other finalists, check out the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence news release here.