In a disease with no known physical biomarkers, parents and teachers taking care of kids with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) end up as the primary diagnostic tools. Normally, parents during a doctor’s visit will explain any signs and symptoms they’ve noticed, and fill out questionnaires. Teachers will often also get a questionnaire to help understand the child’s entire day.
Clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital realized the inadequacies in the current system, such as regularly forgetting to fill out the form on time, having to calculate the score manually, and the difficulty of tracking ADHD effectively when using paper. Here’s a video report from the hospital about their new ICISS system that more effectively gathers data and puts the doctor closer to parents and teachers, and the kids they take care of: