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New PD Coach App “April” for Those Living with Parkinson’s Disease


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    Earlier today, we announced with Verint® Systems Inc. the release of our PD Coach app equipped with a patented conversational, virtual health assistant we named “April" for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their families, and caregivers. PD Coach is available now in the Apple and Android app stores.


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    April utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) technology to offer continuous support and encourage patient adherence, transforming the way patients interact with their healthcare. At launch, April’s key capabilities and features include journaling and symptom tracking. She also has features relating directly to PD and caregiving, with knowledge that encompasses the following topic areas: PD diagnosis and symptoms, PD progression, UCB patient services, and patient support groups and events. The app modernizes patient interactions and improves the overall patient journey for those with PD, regardless of treatment.

    “We designed the PD Coach to address specific challenges that Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers may face—including its unique ability to learn and adjust to language and vocabulary for patients with dexterity and speech issues. With insights from patients on the challenges they face with disease management, April was created as more than a resource to offer information. April is designed to build a relationship with the patient and help deliver what patients value when it comes to their care,” said Mike Davis, Head of UCB’s U.S. Neurology Patient Value Unit.

    Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease with an estimated one million people in the U.S. affected.1 Digital health coaches provide an opportunity for modern, convenient and continuous care, especially for those suffering from chronic illnesses, such as PD. As an AI assistant, April will consistently improve and grow her knowledge with oversight from trainers, personalizing her care support based on the needs of patients and helping them attain real health outcomes.

    The PD Coach app is available now in the Apple and Android app stores. Anyone can download and begin using the digital health coach to help manage Parkinson’s disease.    


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