The EIT Digital Innovation Activity ELEMENT showcases the first prototype called DELTA of the start-up ki elements, in Nice at the Institut Claude Pompidou on Innovation Alzheimer Open Day.
In the beginning of 2017, EIT Digital launched ELEMENT, a new Innovation Activity to facilitate faster, earlier diagnosis and intervention for cognitive decline.
In June 2017, the Innovation Activity ELEMENT took a new step forward with the official launch of its start-up: ki elements.
CEO Jan Alexandersson of ki elements (also Activity Lead of ELEMENT) explains: "We are very proud and happy to showcase our first prototype called Delta during the Innovation Alzheimer Day in collaboration with Association Innovation Alzheimer at the Institut Claude Pompidou in Nice. Our prototype is an iPad app for psychometric testing based on language as diagnosis support for professionals working in psychiatry, neuropsychology and speech pathology".
How the Delta app works:
- Delta records and saves speech data and synchronises it with your HIS (Hospital Information System). This allows you to easily re-listen to patients and empowers your professional decisions.
- Delta automatically transcribes answers from cognitive speech tests to keep your attention free for the most important thing: your work with the patient.
- Delta leverages AI and computational linguistics to extract and analyse powerful scientific metrics from patients' answers.
- Delta gives you comprehensive insight by visualising the extracted metrics. Combined with population cut-off values, this visualisation helps to enrich your professional impression
- Delta compiles your test analysis, visualisations and your interpretation/diagnosis into a digital report formatted to your clinic's guidelines.
Jan Alexandersson continues: "With this Prototype we aim to validate the market potential, finetune our proposition and start CE certification of our product. We will extend our portfolio towards the German market by the end of 2018. For 2017, our focus is on the French market".
The mission of ki elements is to provide health professionals with AI-empowered tools as key elements to excel in their profession.
Dementia is a cognitive disorder, mainly caused by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease but also strokes, which leads to a loss of autonomy and is associated with significant decrease in quality of life. In 2015 around the world, there were 9.9 million new cases of dementia: one every 3 seconds*. This number is expected to double every 20 years and reach 68% of the worldwide population in 2050 (mostly in low-medium income countries and due, in part, to fewer births and a growing elderly population).
Partners involved in the Innovation Activity are:
DFKI: Activity lead, coordination, mobile and app integration
ki elements (sub-grantee of DFKI GmbH): commercialisation of project results
Inria: Corpus collection, video analysis and clinical trials
University of Edinburgh: Trials and validation of current system for British English
Innovation Alzheimer (sub-grantee of INRIA): Clinical partner providing access to dementia patients for French corpus collection and tests. Clinical personnel will be involved.
*Source: Alzheimer's Disease International
The Digital Wellbeing Action Line leverages digital technologies to stay healthy (prevention and early detection) or cope with an existing chronic condition. Both physical and mental wellbeing are considered. The solutions generally rely on enabling consumers to be well-informed about their wellbeing and to be able to use digital instrumentation to monitor and improve their quality of life, according to the motto "an ounce of prevention is worth at least a pound of cure."