Danny Lieberman, the founder of Pathcare, the private social network for healthcare, reviews an innovative online service for clinicians that uses distracters to help improve ADHD diagnosis and treatment plans.

Do you have a child with ADHD?

Then surely, you know how hard it is to cope with distractions.

The environment we live in is overloaded with various stimuli that distract our attention: airplanes in the sky, vehicles on the road, telephones,  television, outdoor media, online advertising and of course social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Online and offline, we all suffer from a visual and auditory overload, which makes it difficult to remain attentive especially for children and adults with ADHD.

When it comes to patient-doctor connections, private social networking for healthcare helps doctors and patients and caregivers  connect by removing the distractions of social media, the privacy exposure and chaos of email and the complexity of institutionalized EHR systems and creating intimate 1:1 relationships.

Should we try and minimize distractions in order to help children with attention disorders or can professional clinicians use distractions  to actually improve their diagnosis and treatment plans in a kind of judo move?

The Israeli healthtech startup, Neuro-technology solutions has come up with an innovative online service called MOXO which precisely does that.

MOXO is a Flash-based online game for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), that helps professional clinicians measure attentional functioning  ability under distracters which simulate real life conditions.

MOXO uses online distracters and measurement of online  responses in order to provide clinician with quantitative performance metrics.

Researchers in psychology, neurology, psychiatry and child development, have been searching for years for  reliable scientific tools that would assist in the process of diagnosing and treating attention disorders.

MOXO uses evidenced-based quantitative data to help clinicians improve the ADHD diagnosis and treatment process. Just as blood tests can precisely measure hemoglobin or thrombocytes levels; the MOXO test can  objectively and quantitatively measure  an attentiveness profile of the patient.

Under direction of a clinician, a person takes the MOXO test – interacting with an online Flash-based game. The Flash-based game, measures attentiveness, hyperactivity, timing and impulsiveness  of the patient by observing user behavior during the course of the game.  Within less than 30′, MOXO provides a clinician with quantitative performance metrics that:

  1. Provide scientific support/evidence for a professional diagnosis;
  2. Explain (and show) in a simple, accurate way, what are the causes and  severity of the attention disorder
  3. Evaluate and compare the same values before and after treatment

The attentional indices measured in the MOXO Test are: Attention, Hyperactivity, Impulsivity and Timing (according to the definition by DSM-IV). Each index is measured quantitatively and relative to the norm (age and gender). Each index is measured quantitatively under environmental influence simulated by a distracter system. The four indices jointly produce a personal attentiveness profile which enables an accurate picture of attentional functioning.

Doctors sharing guidance and patients sharing their personal experiences on a private social network for healthcare provides the best of social applications like private messaging, groups and status updates by removing the distractions of consumer social media like Facebook.

The MOXO test takes the distractions, and just like in a judo move, uses distractions to help the doctor improve his diagnosis and treatment plan.

More about the MOXO ADHD test on the company web site.




Danny Lieberman is the authority in applying threat analysis to Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) in healthcare. He is a sought-after speaker, prolific blogger on healthcare technology, and advisor on software security and privacy compliance issues to healthcare and medical device vendors. He is passionate about Pathcare: the private social network for a doctor and her patients. Danny is a solid-state physicist by training, professional programmer by vocation and avid amateur saxophonist and biker.

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