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Stanford Spin-off Unveils a Digital Health Platform to support in Concussion Treatment

Stanford Spin-off Unveils a Digital Health Platform to support in Concussion Treatment
Monday, 1 October 2018

TeachAids is a social venture that is impacting health education around the world. The non-profit organisation is a 2009 Stanford University spin-off that focuses on education, medicine, communication, technology, and design thinking. [1] While the entity is known globally for their HIV and AIDS educational tools, they have just presented a free digital health platform that educates about and supports concussion treatment [2]. This tool will be distributed across the U.S. with the intention on teaching youth about preventing and caring for concussions [3].

It is estimated that over 2.5 million youth suffer from concussions annually in the United States alone. If cared for properly, they can heal within 10 days; however, without correct treatment, a concussion can have lasting effects that impact the physical, emotional, and cognitive health of the individual. [3] The solution presented by TeachAids is an interactive programme that hopes to educate about concussion safety in order to improve sport experience while reducing future risk. The result works to connect experts from different fields together with young athletes to share key information. [2]

The theory behind the TeachAids technology is that the lack of access to or comprehension of information contributes to health issues around the world. By effectively communicating information (taking into account language and culture impacts among considered factors), this spin-off hopes to help solve persistent health problems around the world. [1]

[1] https://teachaids.org/about/our-story
[2] https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/non-profit-uses-mhealth-to-improve-concussion-education-treatment
[3] http://teachaids.org/for-concussions/crashcourse