Milburn-based Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID) has signed an agreement with Atentiv LLC, a specialty service provider remediating executive dysfunction without medication.
The collaboration includes co-development of an integrated behavioral and primary care operating system based upon best clinical practices for the delivery of ATENTIVmynd by primary care clinicians.
ATENTIVmynd is a software-based therapy engineered to naturally activate and generate physiological changes in the neurological pathways that enable human functioning. The therapeutic application continuously monitors the subject’s attention level through an avatar in an adventure video game. A closed-loop system dynamically manages a therapeutic curriculum through a series of video adventures that identify and target specific dysfunctional executive skills, then trains and measures attention state and executive skills development, and enables the transfer of improved executive skills to home and school.
As a provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children facing special health challenges, including developmental and behavioral dysfunctions, the programs of Children’s Specialized Hospital see over ten thousand children with executive dysfunction annually.
Executive function involves the organization and regulation of behavior to accomplish goals. Executive dysfunction impairs goal-directed behavior, which includes the underlying skills of attention, inhibition, memory, cognitive flexibility, reasoning, critical thinking and decision making. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with executive skills dysfunction, which frequently results in poor academic performance and home behavior.
Warren Moore, senior vice president, Pediatric Services for RWJBarnabas Health and president and chief executive officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital stated: “We are thrilled to collaborate with Atentiv on this innovative program. Strategic partnerships like this that focus on improving patient outcomes ensure we are that much closer to fulfilling our vision of a world where all children can reach their full potential.”
“Providers and payers are limited in their ability to provide patients with accessible, affordable, and sustainable therapeutics to address executive dysfunction,” said Eric Gordon, founder and CEO of Atentiv. “The joint collaboration between Atentiv and CDID signifies an important step forward in the integration of behavioral health into primary care, which could lead to dramatic improvements in access, quality and outcomes within primary care, with significant short and long-term cost savings for the consumer, payer and provider.”