Improved care resulting from new research and a persistent effort to improve outcomes is driving wireless enablement into yet another medical device. This one, from Cleveland Medical Devices, provides continuous monitoring and tracking of symptom fluctuation patterns to provide better insight into how patients respond to therapeutic interventions. The Kinesia quantitative motor assessment system is intended to improve physicians diagnostic capabilities by capturing data over longer periods of time outside the hospital of office. (Press release in pdf) Here's how it works:

Kinesia is a compact wireless system that uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to monitor three-dimensional motion. The device is worn on the wrist and finger of the patient and can be used to more conveniently monitor upper extremity movement disorder symptoms and their fluctuations. Motion and electrical muscle activity (EMG) information from the patient is wirelessly telemetered to a computer for display and analysis. The Kinesia software also integrates videos which guide the patient through tasks known to elicit symptoms, similar to instructions given by a physician when evaluating upper extremity motor symptoms.

Pictured right is the Kinesia in use. Very cool.