Helping Caregivers Make Better Informed Decisions About Concussions
Every year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a concussion. Unlike other injuries, the signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to see.
As the first software engineer hired in the Biomedical Engineering department at the Cleveland Clinic, my task was to work with subject matter experts to create better tools for managing concussions.
Sketching It Out
In the past, evaluating an injured athlete for a concussion included a lot of guesswork. Does the athlete look disoriented? Do they have a slowed reaction time? Can they concentrate on performing a task?
In order to provide the caregiver with objective, quantitative data on the athlete’s condition, we created a standardized measure using the iPad. This new method of evaluating concussions is called the Cleveland Clinic Concussion App, or C3 Logix.
As a way of providing objective data about an athlete's postural stability, the C3 Logix app uses the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope to capture motion data. This data is later analyzed to provide a better picture of the athlete's balance.
To measure visual acuity, the app presents a specialized eye chart.
In order to assess an athlete's mental processing speed, they’re asked to match symbols with numbers as quickly as possible.
Not all symptoms are created equal. In order to identify if an athlete's symptoms are severe, a symptom checklist is administered and scored.
Connect the Dots
To measure visual attention and the ability to switch tasks, C3 Logix administers a “connect the dots” task called the Trails Making Test.
Tap as fast as you can! Reaction time is measured in milliseconds using a series of tasks.
The Final Product
Getting Back in the Game
An athlete's progress is closely monitored through a series of steps called Return to Play.
Awards and Recognition
Featured on Apple.com
C3 Logix was featured on the front page of Apple.com as part of their “Your Verse” campaign.
On the Web
- Fighters now must pass concussion protocol before MMA events (Sacramento Bee)
- Cleveland Clinic: Influential politicians, MMA executives align to raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries (MMA Mania)
- Cleveland Clinic tracks brain health in UFC fighters (Cleveland 19)
- System Helps Diagnose Concussions (ESPN)
- Cleveland Clinic sends its iPad app for concussions to Iowa (Cleveland.com)
- Concussion App for Sports Concussions (YouTube.com)
- C3 Logix: Practical Application and Use (It’s Freaking Awesome) (TheConcussionBlog)
- Cleveland Clinic extends iPad-based concussion detection to rural settings (MobiHealthNews)
- New Concussion Technology - Allegheny Health Network (YouTube.com)
- New Concussion Technology - KKDA (YouTube.com)