Audax Health and Autism Speaks Partner to Provide Autism-Specific Wellness Tools, Community and Personalized Recommendations via Careverge Website
Digital health leader Audax Health and Autism Speaks the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a partnership to offer an Autism Speaks community within Audax Health’s Careverge platform, an end-to-end digital health destination that provides personalized tools and community for simple, healthy living.
The Autism Speaks community within Careverge will provide autism-specific wellness tools and resources, as well as a robust network of medical professionals and others impacted by autism to offer guidance and support.
Through Careverge, a secure, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant website, millions of families and caregivers impacted by autism will have a unique way to ask personal questions to medical professionals and others in the community using an anonymous user profile. Additionally, Careverge will save registered Autism Speaks users time and energy by aggregating the vast amount of health and autism-related news and research available on the web into a single personalized, reliable resource.
“There is an ocean of autism-related content and resources on the web today. By partnering with Audax Health, we’re able to better organize and channel this information to the people who need it most,” explained Marc Sirkin, chief community officer at Autism Speaks. “The Autism Speaks community within Careverge will offer relevant, personal information for each member, while also providing a safe place they can go for guidance and support. Equally as important, Careverge delivers tools for improving personal and family health, which are often neglected in families focused on managing autism.”
Careverge users can customize their experience around the issues, topics, and conditions that are most important to them. For example, based the user’s personal profile, the Careverge recommendation engine pulls content from hundreds of trusted online sources—including the Autism Speaks website—community discussions and other goal-related activities and pushes the relevant content to each user. Careverge is also integrating a variety of diagnostic and activity monitoring devices to provide users with a complete experience that simplifies healthy living.
“Our partnership with Autism Speaks reflects our desire to help the millions of families and caregivers in the autism community, and across all conditions and disorders, by addressing a fundamental gap in consumer health: finding the information, tools, and support you need to live a healthier life, all in one secure and engaging place online,” said Grant Verstandig, founder and chief executive officer of Audax Health. “It is a tremendous honor to work with Autism Speaks and we see this partnership as a testament to their visionary approach to use new technologies to help the autism community.”
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders—autism spectrum disorders—caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 110 children in the US is on the autism spectrum—a 600 percent increase in the past two decades that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.