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Game-based testing software assesses brain function

October 9, 2019

Health & Safety Assessment Balance Gamification Highmark

Highmark’s post-injury assessment takes about 10 minutes

Launched in January, EQ Brain Performance is a software module by Highmark Interactive in Toronto, providing quantitative measures of poorer balance performance in individuals with neurologic conditions that are known to impair balance.

EQ’s gamified tests are used on an ongoing basis, resulting in a rich understanding of the neurological function of the user.

There are no additional expensive peripherals in the testing process — such as headgear or special plates to stand on. The post-injury assessment takes about 10 minutes and provides immediate results, demonstrating the specific area of brain performance that may be impacted.

Results can help injured individuals better understand how their performance has changed and can provide information to health professionals.

Conditions affecting balance include: concussions, physical injury (musculoskeletal), neurodegenerative diseases (including Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis), vestibular dysfunction, functional aging, headaches and fatigue.

Additionally, ingestion of certain medications and drugs — including cannabis — can have side effects that impair balance.

“Highmark is creating an entirely new paradigm to monitor and assess brain function,” says Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, CEO of Highmark Interactive. “Our platform brings together the powerful engagement of mobile gaming with evidence-based medical research in a manner not yet seen in digital health.”



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