Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece
Kohl’s and the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s hospital have collaborated to create an app that allows parents to track their child’s’ healthcare records. Kohl’s donated $45,000 to the hospital to create the app and other mHealth initiatives.
The Kohl’s app allows parents to track their children’s immunizations records on their smartphones, giving them easy access to their records when their children may be sick and immediate access to the records is required.
This is an interesting partnership between private and academic hospitals that we haven’t seen displayed too often in the App Store. Frankly, we’re surprised more partnerships like this haven’t been created as it enables a hospital system to create a product that has the potential to impact millions with relatively minimal funding. Not only can local residents of South Carolina use the app, but parents across the US can do so, and they can feel assured the app was created with Children’s Hospital’s guidance.
“Parents can go and input their child’s name and birth date, age, gender and immunization, developmental milestones, allergies and it will alert them when an upcoming immunization is due” said Haley Henderson, a grant writer.
“This day and age we are so attached to our mobile devices and everything is electronic. This brings your baby book from a paper version to an electronic device and you have it with you at all times,” Meredith Strehly Business Development manager said. The app is called “For the Record…Kohl’s Cares” and is available for free in the Apple App Store. Its developers plan to make it available for Android users in the near future.