CHADD and Attention Point Announce Strategic Alliance
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with ADHD and Attention Point, LLC, a leading health IT company committed to improving the diagnosis and management of neurobehavioral health disorders, today announced a strategic partnership aimed at increasing access to effective ADHD resources to help monitor and manage ongoing ADHD treatment.
Currently in the US there are at least 15 million people diagnosed with ADHD who may benefit from better information and communication. Regular and ongoing communication between individuals involved in the care and treatment of someone diagnosed are key factors in effectively managing ADHD. CHADD and Attention Point look 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”, said Michael MacKay, President of CHADD. “Additionally, this information will benefit ADHD professionals who are on the front lines of treating this burdensome disorder.”
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recommend that information be routinely gathered from multiple individuals (e.g. home and school) to inform treatment decisions and to monitor progress. 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,” stated David Rabiner, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, research professor, and associate dean at Duke University. “Unfortunately, as suggested [in] findings from a recent study [published by the AAP], this is infrequently done and I am encouraged that CHADD and Attention Point will be working together to raise awareness of this important aspect of high quality ADHD treatment.”
“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” stated Sam English, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Attention Point. He continued, “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.”