Jan 11, 2019, BioSpace: Boston Children's Hospital And CareDox To Develop A New Pediatric Care Model To Better Manage The Rise In Pediatric Chronic Disease https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/boston-children-s-hospital-and-caredox-to-develop-a-new-pediatric-care-model-to-better-manage-the-rise-in-pediatric-chronic-disease/ CareDox, the nation's largest provider of healthcare software and services for K-12 school districts, today announced a partnership with Boston Children's Hospital to address existing gaps in pediatric disease management. Rates of chronic disease now affect 15 to 18 percent of children and teens, and those estimates may not fully account for growing obesity and mental health woes. Together, CareDox and Boston Children's will tackle the rise in chronic conditions among children by working through a part of the healthcare system that is not well addressed – K-12 schools, starting with mental health screenings."Large gaps exist in the current model of pediatric care, and the rapid rise of asthma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and diabetes has outstripped our ability as a country and a system of care to help children and their families manage these challenging conditions," said Hesky Kutscher, CEO of CareDox. "Working with schools, payers and, starting today, some of the nation's leading experts in clinical care for children, CareDox will play a leading role in addressing the unmet needs of our nation's youth."K-12 students spend an average of 14 percent of their waking hours in school by the time they are 18 years old, where school nurses play a critical role in managing an increasing number of complex chronic medical conditions. Working with clinical experts at Boston Children's Hospital, CareDox is jointly developing new tech-enabled care management services to assist nurses and children's primary care providers to more effectively manage these conditions together. These care management solutions will be based on CareDox's digital records management platform, which is now in use at 7,100 schools supporting more than 4.9 million students.Boston Children's Hospital will advise CareDox on the development of new tech-enabled services via its Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator group."Together, we are addressing gaps in access to quality pediatric care that is so desperately needed in thousands of communities and for millions of families across the country," said John Brownstein, Chief Technology Officer at Boston Children's. "Our two organizations are creating a new model of care delivery – one that combines Boston Children's expertise and pediatric clinics protocols with the nation's largest health platform for K-12 school districts – to bring care management directly to where 50 million children spend a significant portion of their daily lives."The Mental Health of our Nation's Youth: Addressing an Unmet Need Nowhere is the gap in pediatric care more acute than behavioral health, where one in five youth experience some form of mental illness, but less than 20 percent of those diagnosed receive treatment. Working with experts in child behavioral health at Boston Children's Hospital Department of Psychiatry, CareDox will first develop methods for school-based screening of children for ADHD, depression, PTSD and other mental health conditions.CareDox: Growing to Meet the Healthcare Needs of Children Nationwide Today, CareDox's trained nurses visit individual schools and administer wellness services, and thousands of school nurses interact with CareDox's technology platform daily to digitally manage instances of care throughout the year. In fact, the CareDox technology platform replaces schools' historical use of paper records. By allowing school nurses, administrators and parents to digitally manage a student's care online, it significantly reduces time spent managing a student's healthcare.And with the increase in chronic conditions among school-aged children – conditions like asthma and diabetes – it's critical to capture details of visits to the school nurse and maintain complete and timely tracking of chronic illness. CareDox's platform is helping school nurses manage 380,000 chronic conditions among 270,000 students. Further, there are more than 50,000 care management plans maintained in the CareDox system.The CareDox platform and training for school nurses and health professionals are both provided free of charge to schools. And schools and individual students and their families are not charged any fee for CareDox's services, as each vaccination or wellness exam is reimbursed by a student's individual health plan. CareDox maintains 61 individual contracts with payers across eight states. If a service isn't covered for any reason, CareDox absorbs the cost.For more information on CareDox, please visit www.caredox.com.About CareDox CareDox is the leader in pediatric healthcare technology and services aimed at transforming the most consistent health delivery system in the U.S.; K-12 public schools. The company's health records management technology houses more than 4.9 million student health records, and its unique, no-cost wellness services, including in-school flu vaccinations, are in operations in more than 7100 schools. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in New York City. To learn more about CareDox and how they work with schools and payers, please visit www.caredox.com.
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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