COMPUTERIZED MEMORY (COGNITIVE) TESTING
What is the common cognitive test for dementia?
The MMSE and Mini-Cog test are two commonly used assessments. During the MMSE, a health professional asks a patient a series of questions designed to test a range of everyday mental skills. The maximum MMSE score is 30 points.
What is Computerized memory testing?
Computerized memory testing is an assessment procedure that utilizes scientifically validated, objective, and reliable computerized neuropsychological tests to evaluate the neurocognitive status of patients and covers a range of mental processes from simple motor performance, attention, memory, to processing speed. Computerized memory testing also contains a well- known evidence‐based medical rating scales to access depression. Immediately following the assessment, the software automates a standardized scoring of the patient assessment eliminating variability and rater bias. The assessment platform auto‐scores and generates user‐friendly reports with summary dashboards, individual responses, and longitudinal views. The use of Computerized memory testing with other proven neurological exams gives the clinicians a robust view of the patient’s neurocognitive status. The assessment platform lends an added dimension to the patient evaluation and generates useful data that can guide one’s decisions about ongoing treatments or the need for additional information or whether a referral is warranted.
Who should take Computerized memory testing?
If your initial screening memory test was abnormal or there is a concern for memory impairment from family, this test can be requested. Computerized memory testing has been normed on a sample of individuals up to age of 90. The test was designed to be self‐administered; however older adults who take the test often need help from our staff to ensure that they understand the instructions.
How long does it take to complete the test?
Normally, the test can be completed under 30 minutes but some patients it may take about 1 hour to complete the test.
When will the results be discussed with the patient and family?
You will have another appointment after a week to see the provider to discuss the test results which is a Cognitive care planning visit. During the visit patient and family member needs to be present to discuss test results, care planning, medication review, mental exercise, care giver resources review, advance care planning and dietary instructions.
What computerized neuropsychological tests are used in Computerized memory testing?
The core Computerized memory testing neurocognitive assessment battery consists of four subtests: Finger Tapping (FTT), Verbal Memory (VBM), Symbol Digit Coding (SDC), and the Continuous Performance Test (CPT).
What does each subtest of Computerized memory testing measure?
The Computerized memory testing neurocognitive assessment captures an objective view of five basic brain functions: verbal memory, psychomotor speed, processing speed, simple visual attention, and motor speed. The battery consists of seven subtests which in different combinations compose the above nine cognitive domains.