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NeuroTec Sitem-Insel Bern: Closing the Last Mile in Neurology

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Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy Center|NeuroTec, Department of Neurology, Inselspital Bern, University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern, 3008 Bern, Switzerland
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Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
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Center for Experimental Neurology, Department of Neurology, Inselspital Bern, University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Institute for Computer Science, University of Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), 2002 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology, Inselspital Bern, University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Sensory-Motor System Lab, IRIS, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7250, USA
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Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine, Sitem-Insel, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Neurology Department, Sechenov University Moscow, 119435 Moscow, Russia
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Academic Editor: Dominik Straumann
Clin. Transl. Neurosci. 2021, 5(2), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/ctn5020013
Received: 9 June 2021 / Revised: 30 June 2021 / Accepted: 16 July 2021 / Published: 22 July 2021
Neurology is focused on a model where patients receive their care through repeated visits to clinics and doctor’s offices. Diagnostic tests often require expensive and specialized equipment that are only available in clinics. However, this current model has significant drawbacks. First, diagnostic tests, such as daytime EEG and sleep studies, occur under artificial conditions in the clinic, which may mask or wrongly emphasize clinically important features. Second, early detection and high-quality management of chronic neurological disorders require repeat measurements to accurately capture the dynamics of the disease process, which is impractical to execute in the clinic for economical and logistical reasons. Third, clinic visits remain inaccessible to many patients due to geographical and economical circumstances. Fourth, global disruptions to daily life, such as the one caused by COVID-19, can seriously harm patients if access to in-person clinical visits for diagnostic and treatment purposes is throttled. Thus, translating diagnostic and treatment procedures to patients’ homes will convey multiple substantial benefits and has the potential to substantially improve clinical outcomes while reducing cost. NeuroTec was founded to accelerate the re-imagining of neurology and to promote the convergence of technological, scientific, medical and societal processes. The goal is to identify and validate new digital biomarkers that can close the last mile in neurology by enabling the translation of personalized diagnostics and therapeutic interventions from the clinic to the patient’s home. View Full-Text
Keywords: dynamical disease; digital biomarkers; home diagnostics; ultra-long-term EEG; machine learning; public–private partnerships dynamical disease; digital biomarkers; home diagnostics; ultra-long-term EEG; machine learning; public–private partnerships
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Schindler, K.A.; Nef, T.; Baud, M.O.; Tzovara, A.; Yilmaz, G.; Tinkhauser, G.; Gerber, S.M.; Gnarra, O.; Warncke, J.D.; Schütz, N.; Knobel, S.E.J.; Schmidt, M.H.; Krack, P.; Fröhlich, F.; Sznitman, R.; Rothen, S.; Bassetti, C.L.A. NeuroTec Sitem-Insel Bern: Closing the Last Mile in Neurology. Clin. Transl. Neurosci. 2021, 5, 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/ctn5020013

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Schindler KA, Nef T, Baud MO, Tzovara A, Yilmaz G, Tinkhauser G, Gerber SM, Gnarra O, Warncke JD, Schütz N, Knobel SEJ, Schmidt MH, Krack P, Fröhlich F, Sznitman R, Rothen S, Bassetti CLA. NeuroTec Sitem-Insel Bern: Closing the Last Mile in Neurology. Clinical and Translational Neuroscience. 2021; 5(2):13. https://doi.org/10.3390/ctn5020013

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Schindler, Kaspar A., Tobias Nef, Maxime O. Baud, Athina Tzovara, Gürkan Yilmaz, Gerd Tinkhauser, Stephan M. Gerber, Oriella Gnarra, Jan D. Warncke, Narayan Schütz, Samuel E.J. Knobel, Markus H. Schmidt, Paul Krack, Flavio Fröhlich, Raphael Sznitman, Simon Rothen, and Claudio L.A. Bassetti 2021. "NeuroTec Sitem-Insel Bern: Closing the Last Mile in Neurology" Clinical and Translational Neuroscience 5, no. 2: 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/ctn5020013

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