#TechTuesday: Akron Children's app puts vital health data in palm of your hand

2012-07-10 09:15:41 by Rob Gorski - Father and Blogger, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

As a father of 3 boys on the autism spectrum, I'm always looking for tools that can help parents with special needs children, particularly those with autism. One of the tools that I found to be very helpful is Akron Children's Hospital's mobile app, Care4Kids.

Care4Kids is a free app put out by Akron Children’s Hospital and is designed to provide you tons of very useful information with a tap of your fingers. I discovered this on accident last fall and I’m really glad that I did.

While I downloaded the app for my Android device, Care4Kids is also available for the iPhone.  It's a very simple app to use as there is little to no learning curve.

Care4Kids allows to you to store medical information, such as insurance account numbers, blood type, allergies, etc., for every member of your family. You can also transfer these records securely via Bluetooth to anyone with a similar setup.

The following is a more complete list of medical information that can be stored:

  • Blood type

  • Vision prescription

  • Allergies

  • Medications

  • Surgical and illness history

  • Immunization records

  • Insurance (including plan numbers, co-pay and deductible amounts)

  • Providers (contact information for your doctors)

  • Emergency contacts

Additional features include:

  • Find-a-doc - Find a provider by name or location, or by your child’s condition (i.e. asthma). You can even save your doctor(s) to your favorites for quicker access.

  • Tips to Grow By – Helpful child health and injury info, broken out by category.

  • Am I Germy? – Find common sicknesses, transmission, incubation and contagious periods.

  • Videos – From acne to water safety – and a hundred topics in between – Akron Children’s produces an array of health and special event videos on its YouTube channel.

  • News – Get the latest news releases from Akron Children’s Hospital.

  • Locations – Browse all of our locations, or select locations near you or locations by city.

  • Phone Directory

  • Emergency Numbers – Includes numbers for Akron Children’s four ERs.

  • Events – Keep abreast of Akron Children’s fundraising, parenting and community events.

  • Subscribe to iGrow – Sign up to receive this monthly parenting e-newsletter. Using information you provide, you will receive a customized e-newsletter tailored to the ages of your children and your special interests.

  • Send a Get Well Card – Create, preview and send your child or loved one a Get Well e-card. We’ll print it out and hand-deliver it to them.

  • Free Parking Pass – Redeem one free parking pass to be used in one of the Akron Children’s parking garages. This is our thank you for downloading the app.

  • Favorites – Store your favorite providers, phone numbers, locations and Tips to Grow By in one place.

I definitely recommend Care4Kids. I love this app. My wife and I both have this installed on our respective devices. It allows us to carry all our our most relevant medical information on our Android devices. We have access to very useful medical information, as well as the ability to look up doctors and other specialists that we need to be in contact with.

Care4Kids also allows you to easily find directions to the main campus from wherever you happen to be, but also can provide directions to any of the many branches they have throughout Ohio.

However, as a father of a boy who frequents Akron Children’s Hospital, my favorite feature is the built-in ability to create and send free e-cards to someone you know that has been admitted.

These e-cards are received and then printed out by the staff. Later they are hand delivered to the child. We do this for our oldest son, Gavin, when he has been admitted to the hospital for various reasons. While it may seem like an unimportant feature, trust me when I say that the ability to send these cards from your phone is priceless.

Basically, if you are among the thousands of people who seek out Akron Children’s Hospital in order to help your child, this app is for you.

This app review originally appeared in Rob Gorski's blog, Lost and Tired.

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