Your weight you know. And your fitness in physically. And a number of indicators that contribute to wellness.
What about fitness in your brain?
In the years ahead, we should anticipate a increasing range of tests to help each of us tackle the particular problem, utilizing resources that are only open to researchers and clinicians currently, creating both possibilities and concerns.You may find more details about this at cognitive health solutions.
Two recent announcements bring significant events in this direction to light:
1) OptumHealth revealed last week an exclusive 3-year deal (estimated at $18 m) with Brain Capital, an Australian firm.
Quote: “OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions will work with Brain Resource to provide clinicians with a web-based evaluation that measures general cognition (how people process information) and social cognition (how people manage their emotions).This 40-minute evaluation is based on well-known and validated memory , attention, executive function, response speed, and mood, social skills …
2) They should have seen the U.S. a couple weeks earlier. Troops should be tested cognitively
Quote: “This year, the military will continue to provide cognitive assessments to soldiers going to battle, in an attempt to achieve a quantitative assessment of their response speed, attention, focus and other brain functions that might be applied in the event of injury.”
I see those instruments in the brain fitness puzzle as a critical part. Neuroimaging methods such as MRI and fMRI are extremely useful to promote healthcare and scientific practice, but are not advanced or versatile enough to help millions of stable people assess brain functions. Still now, neuropsychological research is mostly performed using pen and ink, conducted by a qualified specialist and extremely resource-intensive.
Mind scientists may not accept one “mental generation” or “thinking” overall. We should interpret our brain functions or cognitive skills as a number of competencies, some more perception-related, some more memory-related, some more language-related, some more auditory, some more abstract-thinking and planning-oriented. There is no common “mental level” measured or educated in a practical manner.
Now the use of these new technologies also raises concerns about their reliability and validity, not just about them.
John Moore of Chilmark Research has commented on the Brain Resource-OptumHealth news, pointing out that ‘it is relatively well established that many chronic disorders have a strong mental health comorbidity component, OptumHealth’s relationship with Brain Resource, and its progress (or lack thereof) would be an important one to watch.
Which are really interesting queries. Humana, a health insurance provider, recently confirmed that it was discontinuing its deal with Posit Science in which it gave its Medicare customers the Posit Science Brain Exercise Plan. Though a variety of explanations have been provided for this decision (from poor take-up levels of incentives to the legal difficulty of targeting Medicare customers to weak use of the product), another question has been posed through a series of interviews with representatives of Humana: they were worried over having a service that their health provider has issued them free of charge.