To improve the lives of people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a corporate has joined hands with an NGO in USA.
A non-profit organization called Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) has formed an alliance with Attention Point which is an health IT firm.
Sam English, founder and CEO of Attention Point, said, "The partnership will give direct access to the 12,000 members of CHADD."
"What I'm really jazzed about is they are mostly parent-centric and provide good, data-driven information. Working with CHADD will really raise our profile in the community. They are good folks doing good things," said English.
There are at least 15 million people in the US diagnosed with ADHD who may benefit from better information and communication.
The key factors for effectively managing ADHD are regular and ongoing communication between individuals involved with care and treatment of someone diagnosed with ADHD.
CHADD and Attention Point aims to increase understanding of the importance of ongoing monitoring and communication between ADHD patients, caregivers and clinicians by making important educational and clinical resources readily available to the ADHD community.
"This strategic alliance is a tremendous opportunity for CHADD and Attention Point to achieve mutual goals of increasing access to much needed ADHD educational resources by individuals and families affected by ADHD. Additionally, this information will benefit ADHD professionals who are on the front lines of treating this burdensome disorder," said, Michael MacKay, President of CHADD.
CHADD and Attention Point aims to work together to raise awareness of ADHD treatment.
CHADD would spread word to its members about Attention Point's ADHD diagnostic monitoring tools. In exchange, Attention Point would offer free DefiniPoint - ADHD tool to improve ADHD management by connecting clinicians, professionals, patients and parents - assessment every year for each CHADD's member.
"Carefully monitoring treatment over time is essential for promoting the healthy development of children with ADHD. Regardless of the type of treatment involved, whether medication, behavioral therapy, or dietary treatment, consistently obtaining feedback is important and can be enormously helpful to optimize a child's ADHD treatment," said David Rabiner, clinical psychologist, research professor, and associate dean at Duke University.
"At Attention Point we believe that technology can help clinicians to more easily and accurately conduct ADHD assessments and provide better care for individuals diagnosed with ADHD. By working with CHADD we believe together we can help the many children and adults that struggle with ADHD to lead a better and more productive life," said English.
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in the US. Around 83 percent of diagnosed children are receiving meditation or treatment by a mental health professional.