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icompanion

By icometrix

Through icompanion, MS patients can track, test and understand their MS better. Meanwhile, health care professionals have a more continuous overview of the patient’s health to base their treatment decisions on. This results in better care, not only for the patient, but also for people with MS in general.

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Main purpose

The aim of icompanion is to give patients with multiple sclerosis and their treating neurologists more insight into the patient's disease course by providing an overview of the subclinical (visible on MRI), clinical and self-reported disease activity and comparing it with other patients. The data collected in icompanion will allow the training of prognostic models that are able to test medication virtually. In this way, the neurologist will be able to quickly find the most effective medication for each patient.

Target audience

icompanion is an application intended for people with multiple sclerosis and their health care practitioners.

Approach

icompanion is developed to help MS patients with the home monitoring of their condition. In the app, the patient can keep track of a lot of relevant information, that would otherwise have been lost between doctor’s visits. Patients can log their daily mood, diary notes, treatments, therapies and symptoms. They can also perform clinical tests that have been developed by the largest academic centers and that are used worldwide to monitor Multiple Sclerosis. These tests evaluate their level of disability, cognitive abilities and fatigue. Furthermore, icompanion also allows patients to upload and view their MRI scans. In this way, they can easily store all their medical scans in one secure and central space. They can scroll through their brain scans in several directions and learn about what MRI can show (and what it doesn’t).

Unlike most of the other health apps, icompanion aims is a registered medical device. Hence, the information entered in icompanion by a patient can be used by their doctor to make decisions on their health. Through a unique invite code, a patient can share their icompanion information with their doctor. This can lead to more productive conversations and there is more information at hand for the treating doctor on how the patient has been doing.

icompanion also includes a knowledge center, with relevant information that is explained. All of this together will help a patient to prepare for their doctor’s visit.

Connectivity to sensors and platforms

The application is not using any wearables or sensors. However, we are actively looking into which existing technologies/platforms we can integrate into the app to increase its value.

Financing and pricing model

icompanion is free and does not contain any in-app purchases or advertising.
At this point, the development of the app is financed by input of our own company (icometrix), support from industry partners and the CrossCare project. In the future, revenue will come from e.g. the sale of prognostic models and collaborations with pharmaceutical companies for clinical trials.

Pathology

Brain / Nerves

Functions

Alerts & Notifications Data Sharing Health Tracking Online Appointments Personal Health Record Remote Clinical Monitoring Treatment Support

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Men Women Clinicians

Additional info

Compliance to M1 criteria

CE certification

Class type of medical device (More info): 2A

ISO Standards

ISO 13485 Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices (on company level)ISO 14971 Risk Management of Medical DevicesISO 27000 series: Information Security Management SystemsISO 62304 Medical Device Software Lifecycle ProcessesISO 62366 Application of Usability Engineering to Medical Devices

FAMHP registration and notification

Company registration number at FAMHP: 13792 Product identification code at FAMHP: 1184945

General Data Protection Regulation (More info)

Company declares explicitly to be compliant with GDPR rules Company declares that the data are stored in EU only

Reference publication

icompanion is a product of icometrix. icometrix is the world-leading company that analyses MRI data of people with various neurological disorders in clinical practice, as well as in patient registries where patient data is pooled (including MSBase, for which icometrix has already analyzed 10,000 scans with the FDA and CE approved icobrain ms product). icometrix is active in Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil and the US. Historically, MS has been a spearhead of icometrix and this has led to icometrix MRI analysis for MS patients being considered a leader in clinical practice. For the creation of icompanion, icometrix has worked closely with both healthcare professionals and MS patients.

User instructions

icompanion is a free (no in-app purchases, no advertisement) app and web platform (icompanion.ms) that helps you with the home monitoring of your condition. In between your doctor’s visit, a lot of information is lost: how you feel, which symptoms you experience, how strong these are, how your disability, fatigue and cognition are changing, etc.

Unlike most of the other health apps, icompanion is a registered medical device. Hence, the information you monitor with icompanion can be used by your doctor to make decisions on your health. Through a unique invite code, you can share your icompanion information with your doctor. This can lead to more productive conversations and there is more information at hand for your doctor on how you’ve been doing.

icompanion is very easy to use, yet full of relevant information for you. In only a few minutes a day, you will have an overview of:
✓ Your daily mood
✓ Any notes you wish to add
✓ All your treatments, therapies, etc
✓ The symptoms you’re experiencing over time
✓ The severity of these symptoms

In addition, icompanion contains clinical tests that have been developed by the largest academic centers and that are used worldwide to monitor Multiple Sclerosis. These tests evaluate:
✓ Your level of disability, through the patient reported ‘Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)’
✓ Your cognitive abilities, through the neuro quality of life (Neuro-QoL) questionnaire on cognition
✓ Your level of fatigue, through the neuro quality of life (Neuro-QoL) questionnaire on fatigue

Furthermore, icompanion allows you to upload your MRI scans to the webplatform (icompanion.ms). In this way, you can easily store all your medical scans in one secure and central space. You can scroll through your own brain scan in several directions and learn about what MRI can show (and what it doesn’t).

icompanion also includes a knowledge center, with relevant information that is explained. All of this together will help you to prepare for your doctor’s visit.

The icompanion team wants to learn your story and your ideas! Share them via support@icompanion.com.

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