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Care Circles Pilot Launches in Philippines to Support People with Autism

February 9, 2015 by Diana Abroskina

Since 1996, the third week of January has been the Autism Consciousness Week in the Philippines, proclaimed to raise awareness of the growing incidence of autism among the local population in the country.

With every year the government continues to support more and more activities and programs that “promote a supportive environment among communities to enable autistic persons to live with dignity and enable them to function independently and contribute productively to society.” (Proclamation №711)

This year, SAP’s Care Circles pilot in collaboration with the Autism Society of the Philippines has been launched as a continuation of developing awareness and fulfilling the need for early diagnosis, therapy, and education of family members about the disease and how to manage the lifelong disability.

How can technology ease the care-giving process?

Care Circles is a free service from SAP that helps patients and their families to find best practices in care-giving from experts and caregivers form around the world. Care Circles is created for an accidental caregiver—someone whose children have been diagnosed with autism, for instance, and who have to face the disease for the first time in their lives.

How does it work?

The free online resource gathers team members – family, doctors, and specialists –and allows them to share progress and collaborate in a private community. It features a marketplace of care strategies and best practices, including content from reliable partners such as Autism Speaks, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Caregivers can track progress and share journal updates, easing what is otherwise a costly, consuming, and emotionally draining process.

Care Circles is also an ideal solution for healthcare providers, thanks to SAP’s data analytics and dashboard capabilities. Care Circles can reduce the cost of care for doctors by enlisting the patients and their caregivers to learn about and manage their health, which can also improve healthcare outcomes and reduce readmission. In addition, doctors can combine patient-reported data and medical records to remotely monitor patients and identify potential issues. Soon Care Circles will also feature aggregated, anonymized data about care delivery around the world, and doctors will be able to use real-world data to personalize patient care.

Watching the latest technologies changing healthcare is simply breathtaking. Step by step they are enhancing cures and developing new treatments. Care Circles is not an exception. It can open new boundaries in the care-giving processes and break new ground in healthcare.

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This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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