BeCareLink’s Innovative App for Multiple Sclerosis Patients – May 2018
BeCare Link has created a mobile application (“BeCare MS Link” in the Google Play app store) that connects patients to physicians and researchers to provide unprecedented levels of insight into multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurodegenerative diseases. As paraphrased from a MS patient: “Much of MS is what is happening in your head, and you need the objective evidence that maybe things are not going as badly as you think.”
A typical physician’s visit can only provide a snapshot in time of a patient’s overall well-being and functional status, with a patient’s self-recorded logs often being inconsistent or terribly subjective. This innovative app provides more than the current gold standard MS scales (EDSS (Expanded Disability Status Scale) & MSFC (Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite)) used for assessing patient progress by collecting additional longitudinal metrics. BeCare’s app is a remote tracking system for the progress of MS patients that helps clinicians look at data collected over time such that they can gain clearer insight into the patient’s health, versus an assessment collected during a single or handful of patient appointments that do not provide a nuanced picture of patient progress.