On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, on September 21, the startup Accessible launched the campaign “Check your mental health!” for the detection of cognitive impairment through speech analysis, in which ESKILARA collaborated.
The company offered a free test that can be done in just 60 seconds, accessing the Testaccexible.com website from a device with a microphone. This test analyzes the user’s voice and offers a result in a couple of minutes, with a sensitivity of 91% in detecting cognitive impairment in early stages. If desired, the visitor can take 3 extra tests and receive a report with the test results via email.
Accessible has developed models based on artificial intelligence that analyze both what a person says and how they say it. Along these lines, IBM and Pfizer have carried out a study that shows that, through speech analysis, the development of Alzheimer’s can be predicted up to 5 years earlier.
On average, a person takes 20 months to go to the professional after having a memory complaint. With its platform, accexible wants to help break the mental health check-up taboo, in the same way that we do an annual (body) medical check-up, we should take care of our mental health.
According to the Maragall Foundation, 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s could be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Additionally, two-thirds of people with cognitive impairment are undiagnosed. In Europe, only 20% of people diagnosed with dementia are diagnosed in early stages. Early detection is essential for proper treatment.
The accexible voice biomarker platform enables low-cost, high-reliability detection of cognitive impairment. Its analysis system is non-invasive and can be used remotely. A series of clinical trials have been carried out and in December 2020 the accexible platform obtained the CE marking of a medical device.