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iPad set for leading role as British government bids to tackle dementia

by Doug Drinkwater

November 7 2012

The CANTABmobile iPad app can help GPs distinguish check for signs of dementia in 10 minutes
The CANTABmobile iPad app can help GPs distinguish check for signs of dementia in 10 minutes

The increasing role of tablets in healthcare took another turn this week with news that Cambridge Cognition’s CANTABmobile iPad app is now to be part of a new UK government initiative to combat dementia.

The iPad app, which launched in May promising to diagnose early signs of dementia in just ten minutes, will be used as part of a new project which aims to establish mobile ‘Brain Health Centres’, which in turn will be used to reduce dementia waiting times from 18 months to just 3 months nationally by 2014.

The initiative has been brought about by medical imaging company IXICO and Cambridge Cognition, the developer of neurological tests, and has gained traction as a result of the British government’s new Biomedical Catalyst fund.

The centers will be installed with ‘cutting edge’ brain imaging and cognitive testing equipment, including iPads with the CANTABmobile app, and will go live on a trial basis from early 2013. 

Patients will be referred to one of two of these centers (one based in The Maudsley Hospital, South London, the other as a mobile unit situated outside local health centers) by their GPs.

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