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Digital Transformation of Autism Pathway

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Autism Spectrum Disorder is typically diagnosed with a combination of developmental history and assessment of social communication, undertaken face to face before the COVID 19 pandemic. Autism diagnostic services were disrupted entirely due to COVID as traditional forms of assessments, including Autism Diagnostic Interview and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, could not be continued due to social distancing measures and face masks. This disruption resulted in the number of digital solutions being tried to conduct autism assessments. I will review the range of digital health assessment tools, platforms, and pathways used in the UK and internationally. In addition, I will touch on some developments in the use of Machine Learning in autism diagnosis. I will share my experience of digitising the autism pathway in Peterborough Integrated Neurodevelopmental Service. I will provide the policy context in England to find service models to reduce waiting times to diagnosis. Finally, I will share early results from the Autism Diagnosis Pathway study that I am involved in.

Dr Venkat Reddy MBBS , MRCP (UK), FRCPCH .

Current roles: Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician and Lead Clinician, Community Child Health Services, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Officer for Digital Health and Technology – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Clinical Adviser – Eastern Academic Health Science Network, Focus ADHD Program

Medical Director and AI Lead: Future Perfect Healthcare

Board Advisor: Iluria Health

Dr Reddy trained in Paediatrics in various hospitals and community settings in England before taking up a post as a Consultant Paediatrician in Peterborough in 2001. He has specialist clinical expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism, ADHD and Learning Disability), physical disability, safeguarding children and Special Educational Needs. His research interests include Autism and use of digital health solutions in neurodevelopmental disorders. His other interests include medical leadership, large scale change management in the NHS , user involvement and medical informatics. He has previously fulfilled several roles including National Clinical Lead (Children and Young People) for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Clinical Director, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Medical Advisor for Adoption and Fostering and Designated Medical Officer for Special Educational Needs. He is a member of NHS Digital Academy Cohort 3 Digital health Leadership program. He is currently completing PG Diploma in Digital Health Leadership at Imperial College and Harvard and enrolled to do Masters in Digital Health Leadership at Imperial College, London.

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