Friday, October 9, 2009

Autism Tracking, Treatment Gain Support With New Registry

New Jersey families dealing with autism may soon see the benefits of a database designed to track cases and direct people with the disorder to health care and other services, officials said yesterday.
The New Jersey Autism Registry, which went live Oct. 1, is open to neurologists, psychiatrists and others who are required by law to report diagnoses of the neurological disorder.
The database is confidential and restricted to medical professionals. Staff members of more than 50 hospitals have received training to access the system.
The registry has several purposes: to identify possible geographical "hot spots," to guide families to promising treatments and to help the state plot where to direct resources for future cases. It is similar to the state's long-standing Special Child Health Services registries for Down syndrome, craniofacial anomalies, cardiovascular disorders and other defects.

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