Recognition for cognition tracking app
International recognition has been bestowed upon an app that helps the user to privately monitor and understand changes in cognition.
BrainTrack, developed by Dementia Australia and Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) Institute, reached the finals of the Asia-Pacific Information Communications Technology Alliance (APICTA) Awards in Hong Kong.
The app helps individuals explore common cognitive concerns and provides brain health information through fun, travel-themed games that have been adapted from validated cognitive testing. Users can share their results with their GP to support the early identification of cognitive changes over time that may warrant further testing.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was fantastic to see BrainTrack — which has been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being launched in October 2022 — receive recognition.
“With more than 400,000 Australians living with dementia — which is projected to increase to more than 800,000 by 2058 — improving early diagnosis must be a priority,” McCabe said.
“I congratulate the incredible team behind this groundbreaking tool that is increasing the understanding of dementia and raising awareness about the importance of monitoring and talking about brain health.”
BrainTrack was also recently named the Best App for Good for 2023 by Google Play. The app’s development was funded by the federal government.
BrainTrack is available for download for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.dementia.org.au/braintrack or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
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