Patent for ADHD Assessment Technology

Attention Point Announces The Issuance of US Patent For ADHD Assessment Technology

January 7, 2013 - Attention Point, a leading provider of online ADHD assessment tools, is pleased to announce the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued patent number 8,340,752 "Method, Apparatus, and Computer Program Product for Assessment of Attentional Impairments."  This patent protects a proprietary method of evaluating an individual's ability to transition from one cognitive task to another effectively.  

This issued patent along with other Attention Point patents are the underpinnings of DefiniPoint, Attention Point's online Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessment platform.  DefiniPoint enables Clinicians to easily gather, synthesize, and integrate information from multiple informants leading to a more comprehensive ADHD assessment.

"While the technology underneath DefiniPoint is not obvious, the benefits of integrating multiple pieces of medical data are certainly clear," says Sam English, founder and CEO of Attention Point.  "We focus on providing tools that make it easier for Clinicians to gather and integrate important information from Parents, Teachers, and others concerning a child's ADHD symptoms." 

"We have learned that individuals with ADHD have difficulty effectively making the transition from one cognitive task to another.  With this technology we can monitor brain activity in specific areas, allowing us to not only detect the problem, but to quantify the degree of difficulty as well." says Daniel Cox, PhD co-inventor and Director of the University of Virginia Center for Behavioral Medicine Research.  Additional co-inventors on the US patent include University of Virginia professors Kim Penberthy and Boris Kovatchev, and Sweet Briar College professor Raina Robeva.  

The patent also protects proprietary methods that allow multiple pieces of medical information such as EEG measurements and ADHD rating scales to be integrated together to provide a single result.