User manual

Read all instructions and warnings carefully before use.

Description

BeCare Neuro Link mobile application allows the user to perform a series of directed activities to assess general neurological function and see how they compare with the general public. The mobile application provides a platform for users to perform activities in the comfort of their own home as often as desired. Users can review the results of these activities themselves or they can share the results with their treating clinician.

Intended use

BeCare Neuro Link is a mobile application platform providing the user with a series of self-administered mobile app activities designed to demonstrate general neurological function.

Warnings

When performing any exercises involving walking, be aware of your surroundings to avoid falling or bumping into any nearby objects.

Instructions for use

The BeCare MS Link mobile application includes a suite of activities that the user can perform, and each activity includes a guided tutorial available from the activity screen. The activities include:

This activity measures how long it takes you to walk 25 feet.


WARNING: Be sure to look at your surroundings, not at your phone, when walking!

You hold your device flat against your palm (not vertically). You start with your phone in the right hand and with your arm down. You then raise your arm with the cell phone up and down until you hear the end-of-game sound. You will then put the phone in the palm of your left hand and repeat the activity.

This activity starts with instruction to collect various coins that appear at different places on the screen by tapping on the coin’s location as quickly as possible. Each time you tap the screen, the app records the time of the tap and the location of the tap vs the location of the coin.

You are instructed to move an object on the screen along a curvy path as quickly and as closely as possible using your index finger. The app measures deviations outside the path as well as circumstances in which these deviations occur. You are asked to repeat the test 3 times on each side, starting with the right index finger, and results are presented as the time it takes you to move the object from point to point along the path.

The Timed Up and Go (TUG) activity starts with instruction and a set of icons corresponding to the 6 stages of transitions: sitting, standing, walking, turn back, walk back, and sit back. You hold the mobile device in your hand so the screen is visible. When you press “Start”, a timer starts that continues until the activity ends. The phone detects your transition between each separate stage of the test. As each stage is detected, its time is recorded by the app, and the icon corresponding to the stage changes from the background color to green.


WARNING: Be sure to look at your surroundings, not at your phone, when walking!

You are asked to decode a message using decoding key. A series of symbols are paired with letters or words to be used as the key. The coded message is provided in symbols. You start the test by pressing a “Begin” button, and the test stops when you complete the decoded message.

For this activity, you are presented two animals and asked to memorize them. After several seconds, one of the animals will disappear, and you will be shown a number of different animals and asked to choose the image that just disappeared. If you cannot remember correctly, the game will reset.

You will see a series of 10 words written in colored letters. Tap on the ribbon that matches the color you see on the word. Do not tap the color you read. Please use the index finger of your dominant hand to complete this task.

This activity uses the device oscillator to produce different patterns distinguishable to you. The app records whether you detect the change. You will hold the phone in one hand to sense the vibration and use your index finger other on the other hand to press the button ”Vibration Change” when you detect a change.

You will meet a virtual assistant named Tina who will ask you to repeat different words and sounds and to describe different pictures that you see. The results of this activity will produce measures of how fast you speak and the clarity of your speech. There are two options: an expanded version and a brief version. Please perform the expanded version the first time you perform the activity, at least once a year, and whenever you detect a change in your speech. The brief version may be used at all other times.

In this activity, you will see and hear a short phrase, and then you must type that phrase using a special keyboard that changes every time a new phrase is heard. The app records the time to complete typing the phrase as well as the time interval and time variance between keystrokes. Please use the index finger of your dominant hand to complete this activity.

You will be asked to stand with your armed stretched out straight ahead of you palms up., resting your phone on your right palm. You will need to close your eyes and maintain that position without moving your arms for 20 seconds. A voice will tell you to put your arms down. The same activity will be performed with the left arm.

This activity determines your visual acuity. It replicates the eye chart used in your eye doctor’s office when she asks what letters you see.

You will need a pen and to sit at a table with your right arm outstretched comfortably with your elbow resting on the table. You will place the pen under the screen of the phone lengthwise and then rest your hand lightly on the phone without gripping it. This position will be maintained for 25 seconds and then repeated with the left hand.

About me

In addition to the activities described above, the BeCare Neuro Link mobile application includes an “About Me” section where you can keep track of how you are feeling and complete helpful questionnaires (such as Health History, Quality of Life, Happiness, and Patient Health Questionnaire-9).

Customizing my app

You can customize your BeCare Neuro Link mobile application through the “More” page, where you have options to choose what language you want to view the app in, your own avatar, choose how fast you want to hear the voice over, and choose between the dark and light options.

Sharing my results

You can share your results with your clinician using the “Healthcare Provider” option located on the “More” page. You will first need to register your Healthcare Provider, then request to share your data with them. From here, you can also see the status of your requests.

Disclaimer

BeCare Neuro Link is intended for educational and informational purposes only. BeCare Neuro Link does not and cannot diagnose any health condition, provide a medical opinion, and/or substitute for professional medical advice. It is the user’s responsibility to consult with a doctor or other appropriately licensed professional if you have any questions or concerns about potential medical conditions as a result of the information you receive from using this product.

Manufactured by

BeCareLink

8 North Ward Avenue

Rumson, NJ 07760

www.becarelink.com