Akron Children's Hospital launched its first mobile app, called Care4Kids, in March. Developed especially for parents, Care4Kids is currently available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It will be available for the Android in May.
In addition to general health and hospital information, Care4Kids lets parents store their family's medical history, including insurance and provider information, medications, allergies, emergency contacts and more. Parents can password-protect this information and easily share it using Bluetooth technology.
"Our goal was to develop a mobile app that parents would find useful," said Andrea Joliet, assistant director of Interactive Marketing & Public Relations at Akron Children's Hospital. "As a parent, I know how important it is to have easy access to this type of information, when I need it, wherever I need it. And as an app junkie, I really wanted to create something practical and valuable for our patient families."
There are currently more than 4,200 healthcare apps available on the Apple platform, and about 500 for Android users, according to Mobile Health News. This number will continue to grow, with an estimated 500,000 people expected to use healthcare mobile applications by 2015.
"Mobile technology is changing the way we communicate," Joliet said. "It offers tremendous opportunities in healthcare."
In addition to storing your family's health records, Care4Kids also features:
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