Proposing a Clinical App to Predict Outcomes and Costs in MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a challenging neurological disorder in which the immune system targets the specialized myelin covering of nerve fibers, causing abnormal alteration in neural communication. Patients with MS are debilitated and often have fatigue, seizures, paralysis, depression, and other serious symptoms. Dr. Kanika Sharma, of the University of Iowa, hopes to improve outcomes and reduce costs for patients with MS by gaining a better understanding of risk factors these patients face. To take this an important step further, Dr. Sharma and her team plan to develop a clinical web/mobile application based on this risk information, which will empower MS patients, caregivers, and clinicians to personalize their care and achieve greater outcomes at reduced cost.