Autism and Beyond Mobile App

Duke University’s Autism and Beyond App

In the news this week, Duke University discussed its mobile research app, called Autism and Beyond. After the creation and testing of the app, the university, of course, needed to test its accuracy. Duke teamed up with global partners, including Pekin University in China, and has thus far seen very promising results. Over 2,000 people have participated in the study and the app has proven to be just as effective and accurate as autism experts. The mobile technology strategy director for Duke Medicine said, “Having a diagnosis much sooner will help parents take better care of their children and be more patient with them and help them be as successful as they can be.”

This is another example of the impact a mobile app can have on individuals. In creating this application, Duke demonstrated the idea that they know their market and its needs. Autism can often go undiagnosed. Parents are then unprepared and the child can suffer without proper care. With this innovative app, parents will not only be aware of their child's needs, but they will also be provided with essential information regarding the care of a child with autism. Furthermore, though Duke's testing is manual at this time, Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D and the director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, acknowledged that automated analysis would be not only less expensive, but much quicker. The increased speed would accelerate the rate by which the app could be updated and improved. We see this effort and success from Duke and applaud it! – Read the full story at Fierce Healthcare

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Chelsea is a freelance editor and writer. She has a background in science and technology, and has a degree in English. Chelsea was able to check an item off her bucket list this year and publish her first book, I Created Galaxies For You. In her free time, she is working on her next book, blogging at breathingthewords.com, or traveling the world with her fiancé. You can follow Chelsea on Twitter at @chelsealeturtle.

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