Kinsa Smart Thermometer: connecting communities to prevent the spread of disease

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Patrick Calderon

press@kinsahealth.com

(310) 880-6763

Introducing Kinsa a health technology start-up  that can help families live healthier and stop the spread of illness.

San Francisco, CA (April 30, 2013)–Kinsa, a health technology start-up, is on a mission to create the world’s first real-time map of human health that will help keep families healthier and stop the spread of illness. Kinsa has reinvented the world’s most widely used medical device, the thermometer. Their innovations serve to connect local communities so that they can stay informed about symptoms and viruses, permitting them to protect themselves and prevent the spread of illness.

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer goes beyond giving accurate temperature readings by leveraging on the power and connectivity of your smartphone. Using Kinsa’s free mobile app, users can track their illness histories to share with physicians, access tools to better manage and plan around their health problems, and view the “health weather” in their local area, including what symptoms and illnesses are going around. Using the power of the smartphone itself eliminates the need for batteries, LCD, or processors and allows the thermometer to be slimmer and more flexible so that it is more comfortable, especially for children.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer is applying advanced technology to common household medical devices and making it easier for individuals and parents to keep tract of their symptoms and facilitate communications with their physicians and within the community to protect and prevent against disease such as the flu and strep throat. Inder Singh, Kinsa’s founder and CEO, explains, “I am incredibly excited about what we are doing at Kinsa. Just imagine what we could do if we could detect the spread of illness in real-time. The data that one person provides could be the key in detecting the spread of flu or any number of other worse contagious illnesses, and lead to interventions that save lives.”

Kinsa’s mobile app allows you to create private groups. For example, a group can be created of all the children in the same class, providing parents with a tool to effectively and easily communicate about symptoms going around and help keep them alert of potential warning signs of oncoming diseases. The illness forecast feature tells you when the person is sick and when they are likely to get better so you can make the right choice about when the patient should avoid contact with other individuals, thus preventing the spread of the illness. The app will also have a one-touch call nurse, urgent care scheduling as well as the ability to send photos and videos to your doctor.

“We are still seeking better ways to track infectious disease both at the level of the individual as well as the community,” says Ken Staley, MD, former White House Director for Biodefense and an advisor to Kinsa. “Kinsa’s approach is exciting because it engages consumers — it can provide real value for individuals — and at the same time aggregates information in a way that provides value for clinicians and public health officials.”

Kinsa Smart Thermometer is currently on Indiegogo where they are looking to get $50,000 to put the product on the market and begin the movement to enable people to use technology to prevent contagious and potentially life-threatening diseases. For only $25 you can get your own Kinsa Smart Thermometer and join this movement that will connect communities to make a healthier society.

About Kinsa Health:

Kinsa Health is an early-stage startup that works at the intersection of technology, design, and health. We are transforming how people care for themselves and their families through elegant mobile software and unique mobile hardware products, all to advance our overall mission: to create a real-time map of human health, enabling society to track and stop the spread of disease. For more information, please visit www.kinsahealth.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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For more information, hi-res photos or interview possibilities please contact Patrick Calderon at press@kinsahealth.com or at (310) 880-6763 or visit http://www.kinsahealth.com/press

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