Your Dollars@Work: Telehealth for Autism
Autism Speaks Small Business Grant leads to successful pilot study of mobile app for in-home monitoring of behavioral medications
This month, Behavior Imaging Solutions announced the successful results of a small pilot study funded by one of Autism Speaks’ first Innovative Small Business Grants. The grant allowed the company to develop and test its new web-based “telehealth” system to improve medication management via the Internet for individuals with autism. Instead of an in-person appointment, the doctor asks caregivers to send relevant video clips using the company’s “Behavior Connect” software. The system may prove of particular value to families in locations remote from major medical centers with autism specialists.
In particular, the pilot study focused on the development and evaluation of a new mobile device app called Med SmartCapture. Through this system, a family can securely share home videos and other health information from their home. The system also includes tools that allow integrated access to personal health records.
Three caregivers and two doctors participated in the pilot study. The doctors reported that the video monitoring provided the behavioral information they needed to monitor and adjust medications appropriately. The participating families reported that they could maintain a consistent and informative relationship with their prescribing doctors.
“I am very excited about what Med SmartCapture will be able to do for patient care and communication between parents, educators and providers so that we are all putting our integrated energies in the same direction to help the kids we are working with,” said psychiatrist Robert Hendren. Dr. Hendren is the vice chair and director of the Autism and Neurodevelopment Program at the University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital.
Founded in 2005, Behavior Imaging recently received a $2.2 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health to pursue Behavior Connect technology for earlier diagnosis of autism and related disabilities.