Developing improved electronic health assessment tools to encourage self-reported health tracking and personalized care for adolescent patients

Technology Overview

McCarty_and_RichardsonDrs. Cari McCarty and Laura Richardson

With the rise of digital-based medicine and machine learning health solutions, there is the potential for improved healthcare delivery to groups that have historically been overlooked and underserved. Among these groups are adolescents, who tend to be early adopters and may be particularly attracted to technology to improve health.

Drs. Richardson and McCarty are specialists in adolescent health with a focus on improving health outcomes for teens through interventions offered in partnership with healthcare settings. A previous study led by Richardson and McCarty found evidence for the feasibility, acceptability and utility of an electronic health assessment tool that provides personalized feedback to youth on important health behaviors such as substance use, sexual health, sleep, nutrition, physical activity, depression and safety. Richardson and McCarty have worked with a technology partner to develop a tablet or web-based tool designed to encourage better communication between adolescents and their providers regarding health risk behaviors through screening and integrated personalized feedback based on youth-reported data. Richardson and McCarty have topical expertise in adolescent development, depression, anxiety, substance use, prevention and intervention. They also have significant experience in the development of interventions and the successful incorporation of technology into daily practice in healthcare settings.

Ongoing work by Drs. Richardson and McCarty also includes application of their electronic self-reporting tool to improve substance use screening and brief intervention and depression outcomes for adolescents. The tools being developed by Drs. Richardson and McCarty enable rapid self-reporting, ongoing monitoring, and connection to needed resources in a timely manner.

Stage of Development

  • Pre-commercial
  • Commercial
  • Clinical Trial

Partnering Opportunities

  • Collaborative research and development opportunity
  • Sponsored research agreement
  • Consultation agreement
  • Clinical trial


  1. Zieve GG, Richardson LP, Katzman K, Spielvogle H, Whitehouse S, McCarty CA. Adolescents' perspectives on personalized E-feedback in the context of health risk behavior screening for primary care: Qualitative study. J Med Internet Res. 2017; 19: e261.

Learn More

To learn more about partnering with Seattle Children’s Research Institute on this or other projects, please contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Aylward
Director, Office of Science-Industry Partnerships