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Behavior Imaging Named Leading Patient Engagement Solution Provider

Insights Care Magazine has been a healthcare solutions hub for years. The magazine has studied the trends shaping the future of the healthcare industry and technology landscape throughout the globe. Technological intervention is changing healthcare on a daily basis. Insights Care provides a platform for doctors and patients to learn about these exciting technological solutions. We’re thrilled to see Behavior Imaging recognized by the magazine as one of the Top 10 Engagement Solution Providers for 2018. The article describes the Behavior Imaging story, provides insight into our unrivaled services, and speaks to a bright future for families.

The Story Behind Behavior Imaging Solutions

Since founding Behavior Imaging in 2005, Ron and Sharon Oberleitner have dedicated their careers to assisting families by improving their accessibility to behavior health treatment. Because of their son’s autism diagnoses in 1996, Ron and Sharon have personally experienced and witnessed the challenges of receiving specialized care. With the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reporting a climbing prevalence in autism diagnosis, families are facing the barriers of distance, cost, and accessibility now more than ever. Through their personal investment and uncompromising commitment to families, Ron and Sharon are helping break through these barriers and close what Behavior Imaging calls the care gap.

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Ron and Sharon Oberleitner at a recent gathering at their home.

 

Costs and lack of access to specialized providers are the main barriers families living with autism face. The article describes how Behavior Imaging provides an intelligent alternative to long wait times that could negatively affect a child’s development.

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Behavior Imaging is one of the Top 10 Patient Engagement Solutions of 2018

“By using smartphones, video capture, and artificial intelligence, behavioral care becomes more efficient and cost-effective for the people who need it most. BI products provide patients and their doctors/clinicians with the solutions for understanding autism and behavior health needs.”

Behavior Imaging works to take behavioral care beyond in-person assessment and treatment into a fully realized technological landscape. And, as the article explores, these services extend beyond family members. Behavior Imaging’s own employees regularly receive outside training pertinent to their position. Each step leads to even better patient engagement.

A Bright Future Ahead

The care gap isn’t the only barrier families face. Change often happens slowly and technological advancements can be met with skepticism. Insights Care spoke to Ron personally about what makes an ideal leader in the face of certain challenges.

 

“This ideal leader works hard and tirelessly to overcome objections and demonstrate profound benefits through responsible research and compassion for both struggling patients and the well-meaning clinicians who serve them.”

 

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Ron and Sharon working tirelessly to close the care gap.

Behavior Imaging strives to leave families feeling empowered to take an active role in care. We’re hopeful this recognition by the magazine will empower clinicians with engagement solutions that provide the most helpful information about their patients. This outlook, combined with an active work environment, can only mean a bright future for both families and Behavior Imaging.

 

Recent Developments in Telehealth and Artificial Intelligence

Telehealth has been expanding for years. We’re seeing more and more primary care providers, hospitals, and medical researchers embracing the option of treating patients remotely. Now, the next generation of telehealth is bringing Artificial Intelligence to the table to help advance healthcare options in a variety of ways. We’re rounding up the latest news in AI and three main advantages are emerging.

  • Accessibility
  • Cost Reduction
  • Long Term Management

Accessibility

The most obvious advantage to Artificial Intelligence in telehealth is the level of accessibility it allows. Patients living in rural areas or those without reliable transportation are lucky to see a doctor once a year. That is hardly the amount of care it takes to treat a short term or long term chronic condition. A recent article from Electronic Component News features a simple observation from primary care physician Lyle Berkowitz,

 

“Many patients do not have easy access to a brick and mortar facility, but they all have access to a computer or mobile device, so we make it easy for them to use either to connect with us.”

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Chatbots help connect doctors and patients.

 

Dr. Berkowitz is part of the MDLIVE Medical Group. The practice is one of the few in the nation handling patients across all 50 states, 24/7, year-round. They’ve developed an AI Chatbot called Sophie that can help register and connect patients with their doctor. MDLIVE is hopeful that in the future Sophie will also be able to help with diagnosis and treatment options. Some practices are even predicting that Artificial Intelligence will bring care and treatment options to developing countries with little to no access to healthcare at all.

Cost Reduction

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AI can help reduce medical costs.

Health care spending in the U.S. is a major concern. Evidence shows the U.S. spends more on healthcare than other countries, yet our nation’s health outcomes are often worse. This is largely due to administrative costs and slow intake processes. With AI the future does not have to be so sluggish. Chatbots like Sophie can not only guide new members through the registration process but also help users to recover usernames and passwords. Better yet, Bots can analyze patients’ insurance offerings and make recommendations to suit their needs and coverage.

 

These are examples of what is called Robotic Process Automation or RPA. This model helps put healthcare organizations’ focus back on patients, enabling them to navigate the intense healthcare ecosystem and find the best possible care options.

 

Long Term Management

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Smartphone selfies can become powerful diagnostic tools.

Perhaps one of the most promising areas of development in Artificial Intelligence is analysis of long-term diagnoses. With the use of algorithms and predictive analytics, AI can alert clinicians to problems more quickly. Certain algorithms may even be right at our fingertips. Smartphone selfies have become powerful diagnostic tools. We generate millions of terabytes of data every day by simply taking selfies. AI can use that data to provide personalized, faster, and smarter services. A smart phone tool in the UK can identify developmental diseases by analyzing images of a child’s face. It can then match these images to more than 90 disorders to provide clinical decision support. AI makes it easier to sort through all the data. As Brandon Westover, Director of the MGH Clinical Data Animation Center, states:

 

“…if you have an AI algorithm and lots and lots of data from many patients, it’s easier to match up what you’re seeing to long-term patterns and maybe detect subtle improvements that would impact your decisions around care.”

 

From chatbots to genomics to remote sensors, we’re getting a sense of what to expect from the future of AI in telehealth.

 

At Behavior Imaging, we are all too familiar with the autism care gap and the long wait times most families face during or before diagnosis. Lack of brick and mortar facilities contributes to these issues. We’re constantly searching for innovative ways to shorten the gap and limit the wait time. AI’s promise of reduced spending, a focus on the patient, and a streamlined process can mean the world to those families. Especially to a family discovering the complexities of autism and the many care options available. The prospect of adding AI to streamline the process of connecting families with clinicians is incredibly exciting.

 

We hope to offer our own AI developments in the future

 

 

Sources:

https://www.ecnmag.com/article/2018/11/breaking-borders-patient-centric-medicine

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2674671?redirect=true

https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/where-ai-has-most-promise-reducing-healthcare-costs

https://hitconsultant.net/2018/02/05/artificial-intelligence-focusing-on-care-not-cost/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5298703/

https://www.genome.gov/27552451/what-is-genomic-medicine/

https://medicalfuturist.com/top-12-health-chatbots

https://behaviorimaging.com/2018/08/05/autisms-care-gap-when-resources-dont-meet-demand/

https://healthitanalytics.com/news/top-12-ways-artificial-intelligence-will-impact-healthcare

The Challenge of Diagnosing Catatonia in Autism and How Telemedicine Can Help

Once a family receives an autism diagnosis, often it is merely the beginning of a long string of conditions their child will have to battle throughout their life. A recent study found that over 95% of children on the autism spectrum have a co-occurring condition or symptom that can complicate their diagnosis and/or treatment. One condition that can be particularly challenging to diagnose is catatonia. Luckily for physicians and families, telemedicine may be able to meet the challenges of diagnosing this complex disorder.

 

What is Catatonia?

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Catatonia is a complex neuro-psychological disorder.

Dr. Amitta Shah, a consultant clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience working with patients with autism, describes catatonia as a “complex neuro-psychological disorder, which refers to a cluster of abnormalities in movement, volition, speech, and behavior.” Autism-related catatonia is generally marked by a change in behavior. Common signs include slowing down or freezing during actions, reduction in speech, and an odd or stiff gait. Though an estimated 12-18% of individuals with autism present with varying levels of catatonia, it is a difficult disorder to diagnose and treat. Though catatonia is treatable, if left untreated, catatonia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.

 

Late Observance of Symptoms 

One of the biggest challenges of diagnosing catatonia in autism is that the symptoms often overlap with those of an autism diagnosis. This means parents and clinicians should keep an eye out for a change in behavior. It is important to note that the onset of catatonic regression typically occurs at a later age than an autism diagnosis, most often during adolescence and young adulthood.

 

Misidentified, Misdiagnosed, and Mistreated

Because the symptoms of catatonia may be mistaken for those of autism, the disease is often left entirely unidentified, or misdiagnosed and then mistreated. Another reason for infrequent identification may be due to the fact that symptoms may not present while a child is visiting the doctor. And because these symptoms present gradually, clinicians may simply not be observing or recognizing them.

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Symptoms of catatonia are not always observed at the doctor’s office.

 

Can Telehealth Help?

For families seeking treatment, it can be frustrating to observe behaviors indicative of a condition that their doctor never witnesses. The solution may lie in telehealth. Remote monitoring technology such as Behavior Imaging can assist behavior specialists in documenting and detecting symptoms of catatonia. Videos of “behavior specimens” can be collected in the patient’s natural environment, and then securely shared between families and providers anywhere in the country. Once clinicians can see the symptoms of catatonia manifesting, they can more accurately and quickly diagnose the disease, allowing families to seek treatment options.

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Behavior Imaging technology can help capture symptoms of catatonia remotely.

 

Creating a treatment plan after an autism diagnosis is a highly personalized and complicated process. In order to receive the best quality care, an accurate diagnosis of all co-occuring conditions, if any, is also vital. Click here to learn more about how telehealth can help with accurate diagnosis.

 

 

Racial Disparity in Autism Diagnoses

Though we have seen a rapid increase in autism diagnoses in recent years, dozens of children are still falling through the cracks and a pronounced racial disparity in autism diagnosis has emerged. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 1 in 59 children as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, despite a 15 percent increase in prevalence, more research shows that less than half the children identified with autism (43 percent) have received comprehensive developmental evaluations by the age of three. Now, research shows even more startling statistics amongst black and Hispanic children.  

 

White children are consistently diagnosed earlier and more often than children in minority households. This blatant racial disparity directly affects a child’s future when living with ASD. With access to the right resources, clinical professionals can diagnose a child living with autism as early as the age of two. This kind of early detection is key for a child’s treatment and development moving forward. Behavior Imaging is using Telemedicine to prevent these kinds of discrepancies. Learn more about how the numbers really break down and how telemedicine and technology can help us move forward here. 

Contributing Factors  

In a perfect world no child living with autism would go undiagnosed. With access to the right information, parents and clinical professionals can recognize signs of autism in a child’s development. Cognitive delays can surface as early as 12 to 18 months. So, why is this information available to only some families? There are several contributing factors leading to racial disparity in autism diagnoses: 

  • Prohibitive costs 
  • Healthcare accessibility 
  • Lack of dialogue between doctor and patient  
  • Implicit medical bias  

In a recent interview with NPR, Sherry Alvarez spoke out about this kind of implicit bias after her son went undiagnosed for a significant amount of time, “We have to retrain ourselves. It’s not OK to hide our kids.” 

Experience Proves Positive 

Behavior Imaging has been fortunate to be funded by research grants from the National Institute of Health to test if technology can bridge this gap in earlier diagnostic assessment for underserved populations. Our recent study on NODA Autism Diagnosis for rural areas. One native American family who heard about potential warning signs entered the study. Their ability to securely share behavior samples on video clips captured in their home confirmed indicators for autism to a trained diagnostician who was hundreds of miles away.  The family’s diagnosis was expedited as a result.  Witnessing tears of joy after starting helpful early intervention exercises that had almost an immediate positive impact, the grandmother assured us that, without the remote diagnosis tool, they would have been struggling without answers to help her grandchild for years to come.  

We shared this, and 57 other cases involving underserved ‘rural’ families, in a research poster presentation at the annual Telemedicine Service Provider conference in Glendale, AZ in October 2018.  

A Cultural Overhaul

There is more to this issue than cases simply falling through the cracks. It permeates on a deeper, cultural level. In 2007, a study by a team at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology found that African-American children were 5.1 times more likely to be misdiagnosed with various conduct disorders before being diagnosed with autism. Thankfully some clinics are starting to take note of this disparity. Westside Regional Center in Culver City is taking advantage of a grant to investigate their intake and treatment patterns.  

“We’ve implemented a series of trainings with intake counselors on cultural awareness and sensitivity, and we’re starting to have a lot of conversations about biases,” says Tom Kelly, Westside’s chief psychologist.  

However, not all families have access to clinics such as Westside Regional. Options are already limited and, though ASD affects all races and ethnicities, black and Hispanic families seem to experience even more limitations. For these families especially, there is a need for an innovative and accessible answer that helps put an end to racial disparity once and for all.  

 

Sources:  

https://behaviorimaging.com/noda/  

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/does-my-child-have-autism.htm 

 https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/cdc-update-autism-shows-gap-between-early-concerns-and-evaluation 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_autism#Frequency 

https://www.jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(09)60739-5/abstract 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/03/19/587249339/black-and-latino-children-are-often-overlooked-when-it-comes-to-autism

INFOGRAPHIC: Autism’s Care Gap

 

Raising a child with autism comes with enough challenges as it is. Having access to care shouldn’t be one of them. These numbers paint a grim picture for the state of autism care in America.

  • This year, the CDC reported a 15% increase in the prevalence of autism diagnosis from 1 in 68 to 1 in 59 children.
  • The demand for autism treatment 18 times larger than the available supply of caregivers.
  • The American Board of Pediatrics recognized only 800 board-certified Developmental-Behavioral pediatricians at the end of 2016. That’s out of 118,200 pediatricians nationwide.
  • Recent research conducted by Behavior Imaging found that the average total time associated with obtaining an ASD assessment in person was 118 days.

Learn more about the autism care gap and how telehealth technology can help bridge it here.

Autism’s Care Gap: When Resources Don’t Meet Demand

For families of children diagnosed with Autism, choosing the right treatment option can be daunting. For many families, however, the choice is made for them due to limited resources and high demand for care in many areas. For these families, new telehealth technology can help provide access and options they may not otherwise have in their region.

A 15% Increase in Diagnosis

This year, the CDC reported a 15% increase in the prevalence of autism diagnosis from 1 in 68 to 1 in 59 children. Compare this number to data from the American Board of Pediatrics that recognized only 800 board-certified Developmental-Behavioral pediatricians at the end of 2016. That’s out of 118,200 pediatricians nationwide. While the increase in diagnoses most likely reflects an increase in awareness and better diagnosis tools, it doesn’t change the fact that more children are in need of autism diagnosis and treatment than ever before, and there are few specialists to assist them.

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1 in 59 children receive an autism diagnosis.

The Link Between Treatment Options and Geography

A recent study found a significant correlation between autism treatments used and where a family lives. Researchers from University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine collected data from 2,647 families across the United States and in Montreal, Quebec. Children living in the Northeast and Western regions of the United States are more likely to have tried a variety of therapies, compared to children in the South or Midwest who are more likely to be taking medication as treatment. Families reporting use of no treatment came primarily from the South and Montreal.

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A recent study found a correlation between autism care and geography.

This information correlates to a Stanford University School of Medicine study regarding access to diagnoses and treatment centers around the country. The study found that 70% of people live within 30 miles of an autism diagnostic center, but the average distance traveled to a center is 50 miles. Once diagnosed, access to therapists is similarly limited, with the demand for treatment 18 times larger than the available supply of caregivers.

This lack of access is even more stark in low-income areas where families on Medicaid face year-long waits to see providers, generally due to low Medicaid reimbursement rates, with South Carolina paying ABA technicians only $17 per hour.

Lack of Access = Lack of Choice

It comes as little surprise, then, that families in Midwest and Southern states would turn to medication over various forms of therapy, because they simply don’t have access to therapists. While there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to all treatment options, in an ideal world, each family would have the full realm of options available to them and the freedom to choose what is best for their child. 

Telehealth Technology Can Help Bridge the Gap

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NODA Autism Diagnosis

At Behavior Imaging, we hope that emerging advances in telehealth technology will help bridge the gap and increase access to autism diagnosis and treatment options. With the NODA diagnosis app, families can skip the months-long wait and long travel times to visit a diagnosis center. Instead, smart phone technology empowers families to send video to trained clinicians and receive a diagnosis within weeks instead of months. Recent research conducted by the Behavior Imaging team found that the average total time associated with obtaining an ASD assessment in person was 118 days, while that time was cut in half to 59 days using the NODA program.

After diagnosis, telemedicine can become a valuable resource for families creating a treatment plan. Behavior Connect is an online portal that connects families and specialists, allowing them to remotely capture, assess, and analyze behavior. Behavior Connect makes it easy to remotely perform world class Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and track and manage medication.

Families Deserve Access and Options

Raising a child with autism comes with enough challenges as it is. Having access to care shouldn’t be one of them. Through telehealth technology, we hope that eventually families in all regions of the United States will have access to the care that best suits the needs of their children.

Behavior Imaging Present for Signing of Autism Insurance Legislation

On April 2, 2018, World Autism Awareness Day, Idaho became the 47th state to provide health insurance coverage of autism treatment. Behavior Imaging founders Ron and Sharon Oberleitner have been longtime advocates of more treatment options for families, and attended the signing at Governor Butch Otter’s office with their son, Robby.

R to L: The Oberleitners, the Tierney family, Lt. Governor Brad Little, Lorri Inumb of Autism Speaks, ID Insurance Commissioner Dean Cameron, Strategies 360 Lobbyist Benn Brocksome, ID Insurance Wes Trexter

 

Robby Oberleitner holds up the signed document.

 

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VP of Legal Affairs for Autism Speaks Lorri Unumb chose to be in Idaho on World Autism Awareness Day and was instrumental in helping Idaho advocates gain insurance reform.

 

“Families around the state will gain coverage they’ve never had before.”

“Autism insurance reform coming to Idaho means so much,” said CEO Ron Oberleitner. “Organizations have recognized the importance of families having access to better health and treatment options that are covered by insurance. Families around the state will gain coverage they’ve never had before.”

 

 

In addition to World Autism Awareness Day, the signing of the bill coincides with Behavior Imaging’s  release of a new original song, “If You Shine a Light on Me.” The song is a partnership with musician Ned Evett to bring awareness to the potential for telemedicine to improve autism care. Mr. Evett performed the song at the bill signing.

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Ned Evett performs “If You Shine a Light on Me”

Original Song Aims to Shine a Light on Telehealth and Autism

To raise awareness of the potential of telehealth to improve autism care, Behavior Imaging has partnered with musician Ned Evett to release a new original song and video, “If You Shine a Light on Me.” The song is available on iTunes, and proceeds from downloads will be donated to Autism Speaks, to continue their advocacy and support for individuals with autism and their families. You can also watch the video below.

Download on iTunes HERE or Download on Amazon HERE

LISTEN TO THE FULL SONG BELOW

Telehealth and Autism

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care. Telehealth technology can help overcome the obstacles of distance, access to specialists, and cost, so families and autism experts can work together to greatest success. The song and video are launching on World Autism Awareness Day 2018 to raise awareness not only for autism itself but also for a potential avenue of vastly improving autism care in the near future.

 

We have always been passionate that telehealth could help our kids be diagnosed earlier and help families access treatment easier.

 

“We have always been passionate that telehealth could help our kids be diagnosed earlier and help families access treatment easier,” said Ron Oberleitner, CEO and Founder of Behavior Imaging. “I believe Ned’s beautiful song will help shine a light on the health needs and the special gifts of children with autism and their amazing caregivers and experts.”

 

About Ned Evett

Ned Evett is a singer, songwriter, and one of the world’s foremost fretless guitarists. He has toured the United States, Europe, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, and Australia including a world tour with Grammy-nominated artist Joe Satriani. Also an illustrator and animator, Ned chose to apply his unique set of skills to this project because of his belief in the potential of telehealth to improve autism care.

“We all have a smartphone in our pocket that is capable of fantastic feats,” said Evett. “It seems clear that we must harness that technology to help individuals with autism and their families. Once I knew about the need for telehealth solutions, I knew I wanted to help spread the word.”

 

Learn more about autism and telehealth with Behavior Imaging’s remote autism diagnosis tool, NODA.

Technologies to Lessen the Distress of Autism

By Ron Oberleitner, CEO – Behavior Imaging

 

This blog shares a title with a paper my colleagues and I wrote and published in Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma Vol. 12, No. 1/2, 2006. In it, we explored aspects of autism that make it a potential traumatic stressor for family members and may put them at risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has been 11 years since our paper was published (actually, the paper was written in 2004), and trauma and distress from autism is still prevalent, although aspects of what is considered autism today is proving to be more varied. In this post, I would like to summarize that paper and update some of its findings to 2017.

 

Increased Autism Incidence

The last few decades have seen an explosion in the frequency of autism-related disorders. In the 1970s, the incidence was estimated at 1 in 5,000 births (Gerlai, 2004). In 2000, the number was up to 1 in 149 births (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000). Most recently, on March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 

 

Lack of Resources

While the incidence of autism has risen precipitously in the last decade, one thing hasn’t changed much. It is still enormously expensive to provide ongoing education and therapy for autistic children. One proven treatment for autism is early and intense educational intervention. However, for many parents, that intervention is cost and/or distance prohibitive. In some areas, there are few or no options for after-school care or babysitting.

 

Families at Risk

The increased incidence of autism paired with an ongoing dearth of professional resources means that families often wait for weeks or months for an appointment and must travel to the nearest major medical center for care, sometimes over great distances. As they wait for meaningful care and instruction, the family faces a host of risks.

 

In the paper, we said:

The constant vigilance to protect one’s child, one’s family, and one’s partner as well as one’s self can leave parents irritable and on edge indefinitely. These symptoms may cause clinically significant problems in daily social and occupational functioning, both from the perspective of PTSD and other physical and mental/behavioral health perspectives.

 

How autism puts the family at risk:

  • Chronic depletion of resources
  • Preexisting vulnerabilities may rekindle
  • Hyperactivity/lack of sleep
  • Feelings of loss
  • Harmful and/or unpredictable behaviors
  • Environment of captivity/isolation
  • Risk for family violence
  • Lack of understanding by the general public
  • Risk of marital conflict or divorce

 

Families need more frequent, convenient, and affordable access to autism care professionals to minimize the risk of trauma. For most of my career, I have focused on meeting that need with technology.

 

Technology to Address Distress

As a starting point around 13 years ago, we looked at the emerging technology categories impacting medical care and special education that were trending in 2004. Technology categories such as telehealth (aka telemedicine), teletherapy, electronic health records, online communication platforms, computer instruction software, and augmentative communication devices, and distance learning were all in relative emerging stages. Several of these have since become ubiquitous, and some are just hitting now as a sensible use of technology to increase access to care.

 

 

Telehealth and Autism

In the paper, we defined telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care.” Today, the potential for telehealth to become the standard of care is greater than ever. Everyone carries powerful technology that can be a vehicle for healthcare – a smart phone. Powered by smart phones, telehealth can help individuals with autism around the globe get diagnosed faster and have access to more affordable ongoing treatment. (In the case of Behavior Imaging, we have shown that it can be 40 percent cheaper and 100 percent faster.) Since this paper, millions of dollars have now gone towards researching value of Telehealth. Conditions are right for this type of behavioral healthcare to take over.

 

Smartphone cameras can capture autistic behaviors as they happen. Autism experts can review footage remotely and provide recommended interventions. Parents and caregivers can review video lectures or take online courses to improve their care. Families that are isolated in rural areas could plug into a host of resources via our current proliferation of information technology. As we said in the initial paper, “Information technology can increase communication, speed research, and coalesce different groups’ efforts to support families and advocate for changes in the caliber of care and services.” The time has come to harness this incredible potential for autism care.

 

 

An Exciting New Direction for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment

Telehealth is not a magic wand that will make autism go away, but it can provide resources that help reduce distress in the lives of people with autism and their families. It is an exciting new direction for the medical industry that could usher in a new era of more frequent, convenient, and affordable care. New and now readily accessible technology categories that did not exist in 2006 (examples like cloud computing, virtual reality, intelligent robots, use of big data, and AI or deep learning) are now readily available and will only accelerate the ability for families, and their loved ones with autism, to get the healthcare access they need, regardless of how severe their disability or where they live.

 

To me, the most exciting times are ahead.

 

Behavior Imaging Named Top 10 Patient Engagement Solution Provider

Behavior Imaging, an emerging leader in behavioral healthcare through technology, has been named one of Healthcare Tech Outlook‘s Top 10 Patient Solution Providers of 2017.

 

Patient Engagement Solutions

Each year, technology plays a bigger and bigger role in the healthcare industry. Many new technologies are aimed at increasing patient engagement, however, not all providers offer the necessary solutions to encourage patients to engage in taking an active role in their health. Healthcare Tech Outlook’s panel of professionals chose providers that offer fully integrated platforms. Behavior Imaging is honored to be among those named.

 

Behavior Imaging is honored and excited to be included on this list. The patient is our highest priority, and we thank Healthcare Tech Outlook for recognizing our company.

-Ron Oberleitner, CEO

Behavior Imaging

Behavior Imaging develops solutions to facilitate the observational, analytical and collaborative needs of behavioral healthcare and special education professionals. Our technology allows for collaboration and consultation between patients and professionals through video capture and a secure health record application that allows users to store, share, and annotate video files.  The technology is easy for patients, families, and specialists to engage with.

Click here to read the full story from this special issue of Healthcare Tech Outlook.