The Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with the University Colorado School of Medicine, uses smart phones to help concerned parents care for their sick children.
In March, the hospital released the ChildrensMD Mobile App, a free iPhone and iPad application that provides a symptom care guide for children. The app contains information collected from pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse advice call centers in the U.S. and Canada.
“[It also] helps you know if you need to take the next step to talk to someone,” says Jennifer Van Pelt, The Children’s Hospital’s Web Manager who was quoted in a Fox News article.
Parents find their child’s symptom alphabetically, by keyword or by body part from a list of 91 symptoms compiled by Children’s Hospital specialists. Each symptom’s care guide includes a definition of the symptom and a decision chart that helps a parent decide the best course of action-such as whether they should take their child to the ER or manage the illness at home.
If immediate medical care is needed and phone service is available, the app connects parents with their child’s doctor or a nearby ER. If the sickness can be managed at home, the app gives step-by-step advice on how to care for their child’s symptoms.
The app also provides dosage information by weight for common over-the-counter medication. For example, there are first aid illustrations for parents who need to immediately help their child, and pictures of symptoms, injuries, and common bug bites to help parents correctly identify their child’s sickness.
Does your hospital use a mobile app?