Clinical Process Support System for Comprehensive Care
Total Child Health, Inc. (TCH), was established in 2001 by Drs. Barbara Howard and Raymond Sturner, both physicians and leaders in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. TCH is the sole distributor of CHADIS and partners with the non-profit, Center for Promotion of Child Development through Primary Care. The Center’s mission is to conduct research and further develop computerized methods of assisting primary care clinicians in the detection, treatment, and prevention of mental, behavioral and developmental problems, as well as promoting positive development in all children and strengths in adults. The Center focuses on developing capabilities to enhance routine check-up visits, including those with special health risk conditions. Physician training is a part of the core mission with a focus on innovation in "moment of care" decision support. The Center and TCH work closely together with more theoretical and early development research conducted by the Center and commercialization and business operations handled by TCH.
The mission of Total Child Health, Inc. is to provide products and services that improve mental and physical health. In particular, the company focuses on the development and distribution of a web-based platform called CHADIS (Comprehensive Health and Decision Information System). While TCH focuses on providing technology-based tools and services to clinicians, the Center has provided much of the research-based findings that constitute the backbone of the technology developed by TCH. TCH has been a recipient of thirteen NIH and CDC Small Business Innovation Research awards. Together with the Center, CHADIS has received more than $15 million in federal and Foundation grants for research and development of the current system. The true driver for the company’s success and the need for further development of its products and services are the desires of families using the system for the health of both children and adults.
Dr. Barbara Howard, President
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Barbara Howard is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who trained with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at Harvard University. Barbara is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and former Co-Director of the fellowship program. She is a national speaker on child behavior problems and is a past President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She was a contributing author for Bright Futures™, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Primary Care (DSM-PC) and Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health and has served on national committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Raymond Sturner, Director
Center for Promotion of Child Development through Primary Care
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Raymond Sturner is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and former Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Training Program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was previously Director of the Child Development Unit at Duke University. His research interests have been focused on innovation in the clinical process of regular child health check-ups. CHADIS is an online clinical process support system that he co-founded. He continues to be active in research and development involving CHADIS. He has been the principal investigator of over 100 "grant years" of research and demonstration projects. He had his fellowship training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Yale University and pediatric training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.