Pathfinder Health Innovations (PHI) provides software to healthcare practitioners to help children with autism lead more social lives. This software is used by clinic and practice owners,  Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), therapists, and educators to make their practices more efficient. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a focus of PHI. In 2018, one in 45 people was living with ASD. The rise from past years is more than meets the eye. This is because of an expansion of diagnostic criteria, the adoption of the concept of autism as a spectrum, improvements in screening, improvements in services for children with ASD, and increases in specific risk factors for ASD. 

The number of U.S. children per 1,000 receiving special education services for autism increased almost eightfold from 2001 to 2012. This has led to an increased demand for BCBAs. The number of job postings went from 1,414 in 2012 to 9,186 in May 2018. Certificants went from 12,000 in 2012 to almost 27,000 in 2017. 

Along with those increasing numbers comes the need for increased understanding and acceptance of people living with ASD. Films featuring characters with ASD have proliferated. Along with these changes, PHI has changed the way solutions are offered. 

Their solutions include cloud-based practice management and clinical data collection. Unusually, though, PHI has all local staff, personal marketing through social media, behavioral therapy backgrounds, personal interests in autism, free educational webinars, free trainings, free support, and a Startup Clinic Handbook. PHI is a software provider, but it is people focused. 

PHI also supports research to continuously innovate to provide the best services for their clients. 

In 2019, CentralReach acquired PHI. CentralReach is a leading electronic health record provider and works in practice management solutions that enable better outcomes for Applied Behavioral Analysis clinicians and educators working with people with autism. 

With this unique formation, they help patients and students, BCBAs, Registered Behavior Technicians, clinics, directors and managers, special education teachers, and parents. 

PHI was launched in 2010. 

To learn more about PHI, visit their website.

See slides from the presentation here

Tina Youngblood, CEO, discussed PHI with KC Digital Drive’s Health Innovation Team on September 26, 2018.

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