Cleveland's iPad concussion app heads to Pennsylvania provider

By Aditi Pai

ClevelandClinicConcussionCleveland Clinic's two-year-old app-based concussion assessment system C3 Logix has moved to Pennsylvania-based Allegheny Health Network through a limited licensing agreement with iComet Technologies.

Athletic trainers with Allegheny Health Network have begun testing with the system this month and plan to expand the program to all 14 school districts that receive athletic training services through Allegheny Sports Medicine’s scholastic program before offering it throughout the western half of Pennsylvania.

Health officials said the C3 system is now used in more than 50 schools in northeastern Ohio as well as at Robert Morris University and by the American professional soccer team Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Allegheny Health Network and Cleveland Clinic will also collaborate on a study to determine if C3 Logix is a potential data collection tool for patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

On top of the computerized neurocognitive exam, which the company says is common for a concussion exam, C3 Logix tracks a patient's vision reflexes and ability to focus on moving objects. The concussion app quickly distinguishes between cognitive problems and motor problems. The iPad can be strapped to a patient's back, at which point the app collects accelerometer and gyroscopic data to assess postural stability while the patient attempts various stances on both firm and soft surfaces.

Just a month ago, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Center brought the C3 app to Rock Valley Community High School in Rock Valley, Iowa, population 3,400, to conduct baseline screenings on student-athletes.

At the time, biomedical engineer Jay Alberts told MobiHealthNews C3 evolved from another app he developed to help Cleveland Clinic physicians detect the tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. According to Alberts, the concussion center has tested C3 on more than 6,000 athletes at about 60 high schools and colleges in Northeast Ohio. To date, the app has helped physicians confirm about 500 actual concussions.