Autism Speaks recently announced the launch of the Autism Care Network, the first and only learning health network of its kind focused on bringing better autism care to communities, faster. A groundbreaking partnership of 20 premier autism centers in North America, brought together by Autism Speaks and funding partners, the Autism Care Network aims to transform how better care is developed for people with autism and their families.
As a learning health network, the Autism Care Network will deliver faster implementation of best practices and research findings about autism care. Network sites collect data from patient visits, test what treatments deliver the best outcomes and deliver new knowledge to Network partners and community providers so they can make the right decision for their patients.
Built on more than a decade of success in improving autism care, the Autism Care Network combines this success with an innovative learning health system model to rapidly deliver better autism care practices. The Network brings people on the spectrum and their families, researchers and healthcare teams together to find solutions that improve care and quality of life years earlier than traditional research.
Because many people with autism and their families have struggled to access quality autism services where they live, on top of the challenges due to COVID, the Network is uniquely poised to reach underserved groups with data-driven solutions that reach families at the local level.
As a consortium that is focused on ongoing collaboration, learning and dissemination of best practices, the Autism Care Network will transform the delivery of quality, evidence-based autism care to people on the spectrum regardless of their location, which leads to improved health outcomes and quality of life.
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Source: Autism Speaks