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New App Reminds Kids To Take Asthma Meds

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WZZM 13’s news partner, the  Grand Rapids Business Journal, has an article about a cool new way to make sure your kids are taking their meds.

Today, in the age of social media,  when it comes to effective reminders – critically important reminders – there may be no better way to remind a kid than via that kid’s smart phone.

Last year, Spectrum Health Innovations set up an independent corporation in Grand Rapids called Ideomed with a goal of providing innovative, personalized managed health solutions. It has now released its first product: a mobile device app called Abriiz.

“We want to make it ‘a breeze’ to deal with asthma,” explained Ideomed CEO Keith Brophy.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal,  writes that the mobile device app works in tandem with an Internet web page where the child’s parents or guardian enters key information. The web page app then generates reminders for the child to take his or her asthma medication at the appropriate time and delivers them to the child’s mobile device. Information from the mobile device is then sent back to the parents on the website.

Abriiz is currently still in a pilot phase of testing. The pilot includes children ages 8 to 17 with a diagnosis of asthma who take daily controller medication, have an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, and whose parents have Internet access and are willing to provide feedback. More information is available at

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