Every so often, we hear about something that doesn't quite fit as a Grommet, but it's still a great find ... something worth sharing. It might be a book, a CD, or a charity. In this case, it's an app -- the first one we've ever featured, and it's a pretty smart and useful one for families. Today, we're pleased to introduce you to Patty Kellicker founder of Health2Go who was kind enough to answer a few of our questions and introduce us to her brand new phone app for parents.
I think most families would love to find a simpler way to manage their family's health -- can you explain how Health2Go does that?
Sure - it's actually very simple. Health2Go® is a two part app that gives you information on common childhood illnesses and injuries right from your phone. You can access standard information like symptoms and treatment, but there’s also a whole section about what you can do as a parent to help your child, from knowing which questions to ask the doctor to how you can make them feel better.
The second part of the app is a password protected health notebook. I don’t know about you but it always seemed like it was the middle of the night when I needed my son’s weight to give him the right dose of cold medicine, or I was halfway home before I remembered what I wanted to ask the pediatrician. Our app lets you store your family's health information on your iPhone so you can access it when you need it. Of course, we hope to build our app into other phone platforms too.
How did you come up with the idea?
I started working on it in 2009 because it was one of those ideas that wouldn't go away. Partly because I know I rely on my phone for everything...well, okay, it can't make dinner yet, but it does pretty much everything else. The other reason the idea stuck was because managing health information is becoming more and more crucial as the health landscape changes. Finally, we all have busy lives and if this can simplify even one part of it, then it's a success.
What are your plans for the future?
We definitely have a couple of ideas in the works for other people out there who could use a potable health resource like this. I’m a firm believer in the more you know about your health the better the care you'll receive.
So at the end of the day, does Health2Go make you a better patient?
I actually think the word "patient" is antiquated; we’re really health care consumers and like any consumer, the better informed you are, the better off you’ll be—except this time it’s your health, something you really can’t put a price on.
And you can reach out to Patty if you have more questions or feedback about Health2Go: [email protected]