–Increased presence in pediatric setting is preparing next generation of drivers and informing new areas of research –
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In order to keep all drivers safe on the roads, the youngest drivers must be adequately prepared for the risks they will face once they get behind the wheel. Thanks to a collaboration between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and NJM Insurance Group (NJM), thousands of adolescent drivers have completed a virtual driving assessment (VDA) to better prepare them for navigating roads once they obtain their driver’s license.
The partnership, which began in 2020, celebrated two big milestones at a special event held at CHOP’s Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 4th – the completion of more than 4,000 assessments and the expanded accessibility of the VDA, which is now available at 26 CHOP Primary Care Network offices throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
To celebrate, team members from CHOP and NJM were joined by students from Roman Catholic High School who were invited to the event to try the VDA for themselves as one part of their preparation for obtaining their licenses.
The VDA utilizes the Ready-Assess platform developed by Diagnostic Driving, Inc. Ready-Assess is an AI-driven virtual driving assessment that provides the driver with the insights and tools to improve. During its formative years, Ready-Assess was initially piloted and validated with over 40,000 driver license applicants in a partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
“This partnership was the first-of-its-kind, and its success has provided thousands of novice drivers with an engaging and interactive way to prepare them to be safer drivers when they get their licenses,” said Dr. Flaura Winston, founder and co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at CHOP. “NJM’s support of this project has not only expanded the presence of this virtual driving platform, but also the data we are generating will inform critical research into improving driving safety for years to come.”
Thanks to a $4 million grant from NJM, CHOP was able to integrate the VDA into primary care visits, meaning that teens preparing to drive could take the assessment as part of routine checkups with their pediatrician. Additionally, the funding allowed CHOP to conduct studies based on data generated from increased use of the VDA.
“Since our founding, safety has been a hallmark of NJM that extends from the workplace to our homes and on the roadway. A major focus is on teen driver safety,” said Mitch Livingston, NJM President and CEO. “NJM’s support of CHOP and the virtual driving assessment program furthers our commitment to serving our local communities and providing teens drivers and their parents with critical resources to develop safe driving habits.”
About Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: A non-profit, charitable organization, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, the 595-bed hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. The institution has a well-established history of providing advanced pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network, which includes more than 50 primary care practices, specialty care and surgical centers, urgent care centers, and community hospital alliances throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as an inpatient hospital with a dedicated pediatric emergency department in King of Prussia. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit https://www.chop.edu.
About NJM Insurance Group: Founded in 1913, NJM is among the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading property and casualty insurers and has maintained AM Best’s Financial Strength Rating of A or higher for over 70 years. The Company operates in a mutual fashion for the exclusive benefit of its policyholders and is consistently recognized for its award-winning customer service, superior claims handling procedures, and overall customer satisfaction. NJM’s personal insurance products are available direct to consumers in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The Company also works with a preferred network of independent agents to deliver business insurance in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Visit njm.com to learn more.
Contact: Kaitlyn Tivenan
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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