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A Proactive Approach to Pediatric Behavioral Health

Use of Cognoa’s diagnosis aid may support healthcare providers in making proactive and timely diagnoses of autism in the primary care setting. Earlier diagnoses may allow for earlier interventions, which have been shown to improve outcomes.

AI approaches are suitable for aiding medical diagnoses.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) uses pattern recognition to uncover clinically meaningful relationships that exist between signs, symptoms, and behaviors. AI unlocks clinically relevant information hidden in massive amounts of healthcare data and identifies complex non-linear patterns between patient features and diagnosis1-3.
  1. Jiang F, et al. Stroke Vasc Neurol. 2017;2(4):230-243. 2015;54(7):580-587.
  2. Murdoch TB, Detsky AS. JAMA. 2013;309(13):1351-1352.
  3. Lonsdale H, et al. J Pediatr. 2020;221S:S3-S10.
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Earlier Diagnosis

While a child as young as 18 months can be reliably diagnosed with autism, multiple factors have driven the average age of diagnosis to 4 years and 3 months, an average delay of 3 years between parental concern and a formal autism diagnosis1. Because most autism-specific interventions require an autism diagnosis, delays in diagnosis can result in missed opportunities during a critical window in the child’s neuro-development2. Early initiation of evidence-based ASD interventions during this key window of neurodevelopment leads to substantially improved long-term outcomes3.
early intervention window and average autism diagnosis timeline
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    Strain PS, Bovey EH. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 2011;31(3):133-154.
    Peters-Sheffer N, et al. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2011;5(1):60-69.
    MacDonald R, et al. Res Dev Disabil. 2014;35(12):3632-3644.
    Taraman S, et al. Poster presentation at: PAS 2021 Virtual Meeting. April 30-May 4, 2021. #684.
    Hyman SL, et al. Pediatrics. 2020;145(1):e20193447.
    Zwaigenbaum L, et al. Autism Res. 2016 Jul;9(7):790-800.
    Mandell DS, et al. Am J Public Health. 2009;99(3):493-498.
    Zuckerman KE, et al. J Pediatr. 2015;166(6):1431–1439.
    Oswald DP, et al. Focus Autism Dev Disabil. 2017;32(2):152-160.
  2. Zuckerman KE, et al. J Pediatr. 2015;166(6):1431–1439.
    Oswald DP, et al. Focus Autism Dev Disabil. 2017;32(2):152-160.
    Gordon-Lipkin E, et al. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016;63(5):851-859.
    Taylor LJ, et al. BMJ Open. 2016;6(9):e012517.
  3. Estes A, et al. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015;54(7):580-587.
    Strain PS, Bovey EH. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 2011;31(3):133-154.
    Peters-Sheffer N, et al. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2011;5(1):60-69.

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