Boston-November 10, 2021- Digital health company Linus Health Inc. announces that it's digital clock drawing assessment (DCTclock) has been named to TIME's list of Best Inventions of 2021. The DCTclock is a FDA Class II medical device that was recognized by TIME for its ability to help clinicians, providers, and researchers detect dementia conditions in medical practices and clinical trials in the United States and Europe. David Bates, Linus Health CEO stated "the DCTclock is already deployed in dozens of countries for pharmaceutical clinical trials and research studies, and now with its availability on a tablet to enable expanded access and ease of use in the clinical setting, we're looking forward to supporting it's growth and adding more assessments like it which will support our mission of revolutionizing brain healthcare."
The original clock drawing test was invented by the late Dr. Edith Kaplan at the Boston VA Hospital. Now rather than simply digitizing pen-and-paper clock drawings of the past, DCTclock captures hundreds of drawing process features and assesses numerous cognitive domains (memory, language processing, spatial planning, fine motor and executive functions) that improves the sensitivity of the DCTclock to assess emerging neurodegenerative illness. Intellectual contribution and validation of the DCTclock has come from various clinical researchers, including Dr. David Libon and Dr. Rod Swenson, who were both Dr. Kaplan's proteges at the Boston VA, as well as consultants to the Linus Health medical team.