A new business in our area is using technology to improve the accuracy of diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
A recent study shows the number of kids with ADHD is increasing, with a jump of nearly 25 percent in the last decade.
After 18 years of being a licensed school psychologist in Roanoke, Andrea Foutz says she can now do her job more accurately.
"It's much quicker and more efficient and more valuable," Foutz says.
Foutz is talking about Defini-Point, a new online tool to better assess children or adults for ADHD.
"It sends out reminders and I know exactly when they completed the evaluations," Foutz says. "It's just a few clicks and I have the results."
For a child, parent, and teachers to all fill out the test by hand, the diagnosis usually takes three to four weeks. If they fill it out with Defini-Point online, it usually takes 3 to 4 days.
"The technology is fairly sophisticated, but at the end of the day, users need something that's easy, simple, and convenient for an assessment," says Sam English, CEO and founder of Attention Point.
English, a Roanoke entrepreneur, is behind the kick-start business Attention Point, which produces the technology making it easier for psychologists across the state to do their job by giving them access to testing online.
The test can also be easily sent to parents or teachers, something English says helps make the diagnosis more accurate.
"When we take information from multiple parents and teachers, the ability for clinicians to more accurately predict ADHD improves," English says.
English says he plans to take Defini-Point nationwide by the end of the summer and hopes to make a big difference when it comes to accurate treatment of our children.