Parkinson's Disease and the PKG system
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the mid-brain (substantia nigra), the part of the brain that is involved in goal directed movement. People with Parkinson’s have reduced production of dopamine, a chemical ‘messenger’ in the brain that sends messages to the body initiating and facilitating movement.
Where can I find more information about Parkinson's Disease?
For more information and resources on Parkinson’s disease, please contact your local Parkinson’s organisation:
European Parkinson’s Disease Association: http://www.epda.eu.com/
Parkinson’s UK: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/
National Parkinson Foundation (USA): http://www.parkinson.org/
Parkinson’s Australia: http://www.parkinsons.org.au/
Michael J Fox Foundation https://www.michaeljfox.org/
Parkinson’s Victoria https://www.parkinsonsvic.org.au/
How common is PKG for Parkinson’s?
While PKG may be new to you, over 60,000 PKGs have been performed to date, in the United States, Europe and Australia.
How does this help my doctor treat my Parkinson’s?
The information collected by the PKG Watch can tell your doctor more about your Parkinson’s related movement during the day including if you are moving a bit slowly or having difficulty in performing movements. The PKG can help your doctor assess the current state of your Parkinson’s disease and assist them in deciding about the right type and amount of medication for you at the right time.
What are the benefits of the PKG Watch to patient & caregiver?
The PKG Watch provides audible & visual Parkinson’s medication reminders, removes the need to keep a detailed journal, and can help provide valuable information to your doctor about your Parkinson’s symptoms.
What is my cost and is it covered by insurance?
• Your cost will be for the time you are being monitored (wearing the watch) on a monthly basis, and for the time you meet with your doctor in person or virtually.
• This cost will be dependent on your health insurance. Your doctor’s office should be able to provide you with your out-of-pocket costs, and we also encourage you to check with your insurance provider on what services are covered. Make sure to indicate to your health insurance provider that the services are for Remote Physiologic Monitoring (RPM), not Durable Medical Equipment.
Can I buy it and if not, how do I get it?
• Currently the PKG Watch is only available by prescription from your Neurologist.
• If your doctor is not currently working with the PKG Watch, they will need to sign up for the PKG program to get you access.
Is it difficult to use?
The PKG Watch is simple to use. All you need to do is activate the PKG Watch by holding your finger on the face for 10 seconds, swipe the watch face each time you take any Parkinson’s medication, and charge the PKG Watch at the end of the week. Please note: you will receive a medication reminder at your prescribed time, and once you swipe to acknowledge you’ve taken your medication, you’ll see a checkmark.
How soon does my doctor get the results of my test (PKG)?
Your doctor will get the assessment report within 2 days of you putting the watch on the charging station. As you charge your watch, the data will automatically be sent remotely to the PKG team.
Who do I contact if I have problems?
If you have issues with the watch or charging dock, please contact the PKG team’s patient support via phone or email, which you can find at the end of this document. If you have questions about medication or reminder times, contact your clinic.
Do you have further questions?
Refer to our FAQs sheet or contact the PKG team at 1 (888) 970 8714