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Digital cognitive assessment in neurology: clinical utility, managed workflow, sustainable practice

Understanding a patient’s cognitive performance is an important part of diagnosing and treating most neurological conditions. However, paper-based screeners have serious sensitivity limitations. And it can take months to receive results for patients undergoing a full neuropsychological evaluation.

 

That’s why Philips Healthcare is developing IntelliSpace Cognition (ISC), a fast and reliable digital platform that can help neurologists administer well-established assessments and inform diagnosis and treatment with a robust understanding of patient cognition.

 

  • Efficiently administer an assessment.
  • Rely on validated algorithms to quickly score tests.
  • Receive clear results reported by cognitive domain.
  • Develop a meaningful profile of patient cognition over time.
  • Leverage data in care management decisions.

Use Technology to Overcome Neurology Practice Challenges

 

Cognitive impairment can be detected prior to the loss of daily functions, but barriers limit neurologists’ ability to provide comprehensive testing and interventions. Examples include:   

 

Time constraints and lack of knowledge on how to best evaluate cognition in disorders such as MS, TBI, epilepsy, and stroke

 

Access to neuropsychology services varies and may be beset by long wait times, poor patient experience, and lengthy testing1,2

 

The resulting gap in evaluation and treatment can be alleviated by adopting an advanced digital platform to obtain timely, evidence-based neurocognitive assessment in everyday practice.

Reimbursement Now Available

 

Recent changes to neuropsychological testing CPT codes provide sustainable reimbursement for computerized cognitive assessments. Neurology practices can bill for administration by a technician or a physician in addition to clinician time for interpretation and treatment planning. These changes, combined with innovations such as ISC, enable a medical assistant or other non-specialized staff member to reliably administer assessments, which may help neurologists to better evaluate and treat more patients.

Innovation That Can Enhance Patient Care

 

To meet the unique needs of neurologists, ISC complements Philips’s offerings in neuroimaging and EEG to present a clearer picture of a patient’s neurological condition.

 

ISC combines well-established neurocognitive assessments with cutting-edge automation and adaptive intelligence. ISC can help neurologists make more precise diagnoses and develop more targeted treatment plans.

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References 

 

1. Allott, K. and S. Lloyd. “The provision of neuropsychological services in rural/regional settings: professional and ethical issues.” Appl Neuropsychol. 2009 July;16(3):193–206.

2. Miller, J.B. and W.B. Barr. “The Technology Crisis in Neuropsychology.” Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2017 Aug 1;32(5):541–554.