Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, motor skills, and coordination. It is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's, affecting over 10 million people worldwide. The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can vary from person to person, but visible changes may include tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and postural instability. The disease progresses slowly over time, and the symptoms become more severe. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have Parkinson's disease, we encourage you to take the KeySense assessment. It is free and can be taken from the comfort of your own home.
Disclaimer:KeySense is just an assessment tool. It does not provide a medical diagnosis and the results can not be used as such. Only a medical practitioner can establish whether or not you actually have Parkinson’s Disease.
GPs, on the other hand, were only 75% accurate in their diagnoses.KeySense can also detect early Parkinson's up to 5 years before usual diagnosis. This means that KeySense can help people get the treatment and support they need early on.
You don’t need to be a good
typist to do the assessment
The KeySense techniques don’t care about how quickly you type or how many mistakes you make. Even slow, two-finger typing is fine - we are mainly assessing the pattern of finger rhythms. We will ask you to transcribe a passage of text, then you will have the KeySense results immediately.The results are shown as scores across multiple movement attributes - it is not a pass/fail assessment or a diagnosis, but shows how you compare to others. Have a look at a sample report here
There are some key challenges though in diagnosing Parkinson's disease:The symptoms are often subtle and difficult to detect in the early stages.There is no single, objective, diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease.The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is often delayed by years, and someone may have it for a decade or more before it’s finally diagnosed.Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, once diagnosed there are medications that can help manage the symp-toms, along with lifestyle changes that can improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease.
The KeySense Solution
Our KeySense technology provides a simple, non-invasive, and accurate way to detect Parkinson's disease in its early stages. KeySense analyzes the rhythm and cadence of your keystrokes as you type on a computer keyboard. This data is then used to create a personalized risk score for Parkinson's disease.The KeySense test is quick and easy to take. Simply type some paragraphs of text on your own computer. The assessment takes about 10 minutes or so to complete, and your results are available immediately
The KeySense test is typically more accurate than a GP's diagnosis. KeySense has been used by more than 40,000 people already and, in the latest analysis, has 90% accu-racy in detecting Parkinson's disease in its early stages.
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See whether the way you type shows any indications of early Parkinson’s Disease. Less than a page is needed for immediate analysis, based on characteristics and rhythms in your typing. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. We don’t ask you for any personal details, so you remain completely anonymous.
Home-based detection & monitoring of Parkinson’s Disease
Do you suspect that you or a loved one may have Parkinson’s Disease? It’s the second-most common neurodegenerative disease in the over-60’s, but people may have it for up to a decade before it is diagnosed. KeySense provides a simple screening test that you can do on your own computer in just a few minutes.The ProblemTheproblemwithParkinson’sis thattheearlysymptomsare oftensubtle,vagueandill-defined.Andeventhoughmost peoplethinkthathandtremoris oneusualindicator,it’snot necessarilyso-thereismore thanonetypeoftremor,andthe mostcommoniscompletely unrelated to Parkinson’s Disease!Untilnowtherehasbeennodefinitivediagnostictest forthediseaseanddiagnosishasreliedonclose observationofyourmovementfeatures,inconjunc-tion with a range of other potential indicators. Unfortunatelyfirst-linemedicalpractitionerssuchas GP’sdon’thavethespecializedtrainingandhavehad aquitehighmisdiagnosisrateofParkinson’s-they don’tpickitupinmorethan25%ofcasesandsoit can continue undiagnosed for many years.Thisisn’tacriticismofGP’satall-earlydiagnosis reliesonhavingextensivespecializedexperienceand isoftenquitedifficult.Neurologistshavethatexper-tise,butyouneedtobereferredtothemfirst.Often a real Catch-22 situation in practice.
The KeySense Solution
SinceParkinson’sisprimarilyadiseasewhichaffects movement,theKeySenseapproachistoassessthe movementofyourhandsandfingers,whichiswhere typing comes into the equation. Asyoutype,itispossibleforustoanalyzeyour keystrokesdowntomillisecondaccuracy,andusea suiteofAItechniquestoassessthecadenceand rhythmofyourtyping.Insomeonewithearly Parkinson’s,thepatternsaredifferenttothoseof people without the disease. KeySenseisbasedonprovenscienceandthe methodology has been extensively validated.But why is getting an assessment important? Youareprobablyvisitingthiswebsitebecauseyou(or afamilymember)areconcerned-itmaybea nigglingworryabouthavingsomeofthesymptoms ofParkinson’soryoumayhavealreadydiscussed thingswithamedicalpractitioner.Inanyevent,being abletoestablishwithmorecertaintywhetherornot youmayhavethediseasewillitselftakeawaysome ofthestress(andpotentiallygetyoustartedonmedi-cation to reduce the effects of the disease).