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Grant Enables CAC to Implement New Technology to Improve Patient Care

In early 2017, funds were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network in order to fulfill a request made by the University of Missouri Health Care’s Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic (CAC).

Annually, more than 350 children and their families are served by the CAC through weekly specialty clinics and monthly multi-disciplinary clinics. The CAC requested the funds in order to purchase 10 iPad Air 2 and 10 Otterbox Defender cases. The technology will be used to increase the efficiency of form completion for parents, facilitate data sharing among providers, and organize data for research. They will be used for administrating psychological/developmental assessments and provide timely data to support comprehensiveness and quality of patient care. Additionally, the iPads can support the education, coping, and behavior management of patients.

According to Dr. Dawn Huber, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Psychology at the MU School of Health Professions, the iPads will be used within the CAC and in follow-up clinics that include pediatric neurosurgery. By providing access to psychology and neuropsychology services, the craniofacial team meets standards set forth by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation.