Our Approach

Practical solutions for proactive brain health™

Leveraging cutting-edge neuroscience, clinical expertise, and artificial intelligence

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Bringing the power of
digital health to brain health

Amid the global aging of the population and startling projections for Alzheimer's and other dementia in the coming decades, it’s never been more critical to find new ways to detect and address cognitive issues early. At Linus Health, we aim to help people live longer, happier, and healthier lives with better brain health. That starts with empowering providers and researchers with better tools for assessing cognitive function.

A groundbreaking digital platform for early detection

We're on a mission to make early detection of cognitive impairment more widespread in brain health. That requires making it both possible and practical. To that end, our AI-enhanced digital cognitive assessment platform enables sensitive and efficient cognitive testing for both healthcare providers and researchers.

For healthcare delivery organizations, the platform combines next-generation digital cognitive assessments, actionable clinical decision support, and personalized patient plans to help providers find and act on cognitive issues early.

For life science companies, the platform provides sensitive digital cognitive assessments, timely data access, and modern administrator and participant tools to streamline cognitive research.

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A digital upgrade to a
long-established standard

Our flagship assessment, DCTclock™, is a scientifically-validated digital upgrade to the long-established pen-and-paper Clock Drawing Test. Named to TIME’s Best Inventions of 2021 list, DCTclock surfaces subtle signs of cognitive impairment that could otherwise go undetected for years, while enhancing assessment objectivity and efficiency. Now fully administered via iPad, earlier versions of the product arose from over a decade of R&D at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and MIT. 

Our next-generation digital cognitive assessment, Digital Clock and Recall (DCR™), incorporates and builds on DCTclock by adding immediate and delayed word recall elements to assess verbal memory, a key indicator of a person's cognitive trajectory.


Clinical expertise combined with cutting-edge AI

At Linus Health, we focus on augmenting human clinical expertise with AI, unlocking new visibility into cognitive performance for clinicians and researchers. The key to what makes our assessments so unique? Incorporating the Boston Process Approach. This approach – exclusive to Linus Health in the context of digital clock drawing tests – suggests that analyzing a person's process and task inputs, as well as errors, provides much more information about cognition than looking at outputs alone. DCTclock™ utilizes this approach to assess 50+ metrics in the clock drawing process, yielding greater insights and sensitivity in the detection of early cognitive impairment.

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Grounded in science

Science is at the core of everything we do. Our solutions have been the focus of over a dozen peer-reviewed, scientific publications – validating their ability to outperform long-established cognitive tests in detecting early signs of cognitive impairment.

More than assessments

While 98% of PCPs in an Alzheimer’s Association survey said it’s important to diagnose mild cognitive impairment (MCI), almost 60% said it’s difficult to do so. The top-reported challenges include difficulty distinguishing MCI from normal aging (72%), difficulty interpreting patient reports of daily functioning (51%), and lack of expertise in performing cognitive assessments (47%). That’s why the Linus Health platform for healthcare delivery organizations provides much more than scores.

Our newest solution, the Core Cognitive Evaluation™, combines quantitative insights from our next-generation digital assessment with qualitative insights from a life and health survey, helping providers understand both a patient’s current cognitive performance and future dementia risk. To make these insights actionable, the platform provides clinical decision support alongside patient results and generates personalized action plans for patients - making it easier for providers to navigate next steps and support patients with evidence-based guidance.

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A partnership, not just a product

The strength of any solution hinges on the team behind it – especially in healthcare. At Linus Health, everything we do is grounded in science, clinical expertise, and a deep understanding of customer needs. We bring together experts in neuroscience, clinical care, artificial intelligence, data science, and product innovation to deliver cutting-edge solutions and further our work to transform brain health worldwide.

What's more, our team is committed to delivering both an exceptional product and exceptional service – from day one. We know that adopting any new technology requires a solid understanding of how it will fit into – and enhance – existing workflows and we work closely with our customers to plan for a successful rollout. Our customer success team not only facilitates an efficient implementation, but also partners with customers on an ongoing basis to help them achieve their objectives. 

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Frequently asked questions

Below you'll find answers to the most common questions about cognitive testing.

Digital cognitive assessments offer a wide range of benefits relative to traditionally paper-based predecessors. For example, digital cognitive testing tools boost workflow efficiency with automated administration and scoring. They also enable objectivity and consistency in testing and some have been proven to have higher sensitivity than traditional tests. For more comparison insights, visit our page on advancing cognitive testing.

In addition to the benefits digital cognitive tests themselves offer, a broader digital health platform can deliver a range of additional benefits to providers. For example, the Linus Health digital platform also includes integrated clinical guidance to support next steps based on cognitive assessment results. It also generates personalized brain health action plans to help patients take lifestyle and health-based steps to mitigate dementia risk factors and enhance overall brain health.

Digital solutions for cognitive screening and assessment can help providers enhance care while streamlining clinical workflows. Providers and other practice leaders should start by establishing their goals for implementing digital brain health technology and what the associated practice workflows will look like. From there, establishing evaluation criteria for potential solutions and identifying individuals who will be involved in the process is a key next step. For more, download our guide.

Linus Health’s digital cognitive assessments incorporate AI to derive dozens of insights from a person’s process of completing cognitive tests (e.g., drawing a clock), along with the final product (the clock). This process-based analysis in neuropsychological testing is known as the Boston Process Approach and unique to Linus Health’s solutions.

While there is no cure currently for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, encouragingly, there is a growing body of evidence that supports the positive impact that life and health-based interventions can have on protecting and improving cognitive health. These include interventions designed to address key modifiable risk factors, such as exercise, smoking, and hypertension. Read our white paper for providers to gain more insights on these and other modifiable risk factors.


Prepare for shifting dynamics in cognitive care

Download the guide below for insights on preparing for your older adult patients' evolving brain health needs.