Quest Diagnostics, Madison, N.J., has developed a digital tool for cognitive assessment and care management of those with dementia. The electronic format bridges a gap in data gathering, as many other memory assessment tests are paper-based and therefore difficult to integrate into electronic health records (EHR).
CogniSense uses a digital version of the Memory Orientation Assessment Test to test residents’ recall, comprehension and brain function speed. The tool is available as an iPad application and includes tablet-based clock-drawing tests. The tool can be used and scored electronically, and then added to an HER where physicians can track results over time.
"Studies show that cognition plays a huge role in how patients take care of all the management of their health," said Harry Jacob, MD, CMO for Primary PartnerCare, an accountable care organization (ACO) based on Long Island, NY, that piloted CogniSense on nearly 300 patients. "That is why effective digital tools for the assessment of patients at risk for dementia are essential for an ACO."