BrainCheck

How can you rapidly know whether someone has a concussion? I've just launched a new company, BrainCheck, that uses tablets and neuroscience to find out.  

At the heart of BrainCheck’s mission is a simple fact: subtle problems in brain function can be detected by small changes in attention, cognition, short-term memory, reaction time, and balance. BrainCheck leverages advances in brain science and portable computing to measure brain function in 6 minutes at the sidelines.

Despite the prevalence of concussions, early detection remains a diagnostic challenge. Why? Because most individuals with concussions don’t display problms which can be detected by brain imaging or traditional mental state examination. Unfortunately, early detection is critical—otherwise, continued activity can worsen the injury, often irreversibly. But early detection of concussion doesn’t have to be missed.

BrainCheck

The BrainCheck battery of rapid, interactive tests quickly harvests twelve performance measures that correlate with concussion. Our proprietary scoring system weighs the results to give a recommendation for return-to-play in the form of a green, yellow, or red light. Our expertise in making the tests rapid and simple maximizes the ease of operator use, and the short duration of the test allows it to be used on the sidelines during games. We’ve baked catch-trials into the tests to preclude the possibility of cheating.

With all these pieces in place, BrainCheck provides coaches and clinicians with the critical information they need to optimize return-to-play decisions. Athletic teams from youth sports through professional need a solution that is comprehensive, fast, and portable. BrainCheck seeks to checks all those boxes, giving medical professionals the information they need to detect problems, track symptoms, and manage long term conditions.

To bring this company to fruition, I have worked with a talented team.  Please check out the BrainCheck website and let us know what you think.


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