Cohen Veterans Bioscience Partners To Build Wellness Platform For Brain Disorders

Published: Sep 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early Signal Foundation announce a partnership to advance the use of wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring of patients with trauma-related and other brain disorders. Early Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health solutions for rare disorders and underserved populations, will provide an affordable analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, physiological and contextual data.

Real-time, individualized monitoring is central to improving diagnosis and management of neuropsychiatric conditions. Today, the vast majority of patients receive only sporadic treatment and monitoring; it may be too late to provide effective treatment by the time clinicians become aware that a patient's condition has progressed or relapsed. Wearables and other devices can provide continuous information by allowing patients to track variables such as sleep, physical activity, stress and substance use.

This partnership combines Early Signal's expertise in machine learning and unstructured data analysis with the implementation and validation capabilities of Cohen Veterans Bioscience.

"We could not think of a better partner than Cohen Veterans Bioscience to develop and optimize our analytical tools," said Daniela Brunner, PhD, CEO & President of Early Signal Foundation.

An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. Each year, an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a brain trauma leading to traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Most individuals with trauma-related brain disorders suffer from sleep disturbances like insomnia. The known impacts of insomnia on quality of life, productivity, co-morbidity complication and more, make developing proven interventions a critical unmet need for those experiencing these issues.

The partnership with MyHealios will develop the first combined biosensor/wearables and telehealth platform for these brain disorders with a focus on trauma-associated sleep disorders. MyHealios is an award-winning telehealth services company that provides therapeutic sessions by highly skilled clinicians remotely, one-on-one, in an interactive format using videoconference or over the telephone. The combined platform, called Circady, will provide telehealth delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) using mobile, wearable and home sensor technologies to drive personalized and precision-driven feedback to the therapist and the patient alike to deliver data-driven improved outcomes.

"Early intervention is critical to preempt disease progression associated with physical or emotional trauma," said Cohen Veterans Bioscience CEO & President Dr. Magali Haas, MD, PhD. "The ability to track health in a systematic and comprehensive way will allow us to define individual health trajectories and customize treatment. We plan to extend the platform to incorporate an online Portal for direct engagement with patients, their families and caregivers."

About Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Cohen Veterans Bioscience is a national, nonpartisan research 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fast-tracking the development of diagnostic tests and personalized therapeutics for the millions of veterans and civilians who suffer the devastating effects of trauma-related and other brain disorders. To support & learn more about our research efforts, visit www.cohenveteransbioscience.org.

About Early Signal Foundation
Early Signal is a nonprofit organization centered on universal, yet personalized, health-monitoring solutions based on wearable, smart, and home sensor devices that generate extensive real-time biometric data. Visit http://www.earlysignal.org.

About MyHealios
MyHealios is an award-winning telehealth services company dedicated to providing expert support to families and patients affected by disabling chronic conditions. We leverage technology and condition-specific, evidence-based psychosocial intervention to enhance the clinical experience and help families and patients on their path to recovery. MyHealios was founded in Switzerland in 2012 by caregivers of patients with mental illness. The company expanded in 2014 into the USA where there is a great need for high quality, accessible patient and caregiver training and support. Over time, MyHealios has gained unique expertise while achieving great impact with local communities as well as treatment centers across the USA.

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