Kinsa (www.kinsahealth.com), the company behind a FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the integration of its app with Apple’s HealthKit for iOS 8.
Through the free Kinsa app, users can create individual profiles for each member of the family and track fever, symptoms and illness history within the app itself. Kinsa’s integration with HealthKit further allows for individual users to track temperature as part of their broader personal health and fitness context, says Inder Singh, founder and CEO of Kinsa.
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer, designed specifically with parents and children in mind, leverages smartphones to make temperature taking a more engaging, informative and useful process, he adds. The thermometer plugs in to the headphone jack and uses the display, power and processing of the smartphone to determine a temperature reading in less than 10 seconds.
Like traditional thermometers, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer can be used orally, under the arm, or rectally. All temperature readings and symptoms can quickly and easily be shared with a doctor for quicker diagnosis.
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is available at Apple.com and Apple retail stores nationwide, at CVS, on Amazon.com and through the company’s website.
The Health app in iOS 8 gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a current overview in one place. iOS 8 offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics such as sleep and nutrition to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance.