TEDMED Features Gecko Health in its Blog

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TEDMED, a platform for sharing health related ideas and innovative solutions, recently featured the Geckocap in a blog post. The article focused on companies using data and monitoring techniques to help adolescents suffering from chronic or temporary health issues. The following companies were discussed in the article: Kinsa, an oral thermometer coupled with the technical prowess of a smartphone, Nonoly, a chemical making vaccine refrigeration obsolete allowing medicine to travel easily to rural areas and our very own Gecko Health Innovations.

Medication adherence is such an integral part of healthcare management that it is important to establish such habits at early ages, thus potentially creating a lifetime of medication self-management.

Move over, plastic stethoscopes: A number of innovations from TEDMED Hive 2013 companies aim to help even the littlest patients become engaged in their own real-life care.

Kinsa makes an oral thermometer that leverages the crowdsourcing power of a smart phone. The thermometer plugs into and transmits data to a free smartphone app – iOS now, but Android as well in the future – which also records and tracks symptoms and temps for easy retrieval at a pediatrician’s office. What’s more, the next phase of the product will provide crowd sourced data from social networks to allow parents to see what’s going on in a child’s neighborhood or school. Strep going around? Lice? Better act now.

The company is focusing first on tracking childhood ills, because mothers are the primary users of thermometers, says Kinsa deputy CEO Qian Qian Tang, and because children are prime carriers of highly contagious diseases like flu, whooping cough and measles.

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“At Least a Quarter of Asthma Cases Misdiagnosed”

Asthma cases have been increasing at a steady rate over the last decade. This year around 25 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease yet a significant number of them are misdiagnosed. Indeed, CBS News covered recent asthma studies showing that 25 to 30 percent of patients with asthma in fact do not have the disease. Most of these misdiagnoses are due to similar symptoms coming from other underlying illnesses such as acid-reflux.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New research indicates a large number of asthma patients have been misdiagnosed.

As CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez reported, recent studies show that while 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, a starling number don’t actually have asthma.

Asthma is a potentially life-threatening disease that can cause wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. But about 25 to 30 percent of patients are misdiagnosed, according to recent studies.

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“Study seeks to answer medical mystery: Would changes to prescription drug labels boost adherence?”

Stephanie Baum, the East Coast Innovation Reporter for Medcitynews, recently covered a new study looking to find the relationship between a change in prescription drug labels and adherence. The study aims to simplify instructions on prescriptions, making them easier to read and follow, eventually making a national standard. Even simple instructions such as “Take one tablet daily” can be written in 53 different forms.

Adherence is probably one of the most frequently used words in the healthcare reform lexicon. It affects a big chunk of the patient population and drives up healthcare costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There’s rarely one simple reason why patients don’t take their medication as prescribed — from forgetfulness to a lack of awareness about its importance, especially when they don’t feel sick, to underlying environmental and lifestyle issues. A new study shifts the focus from patients to drug labels and what can be done to make them easier to read and more consistent.

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The Increasing and Staggering Cost of Asthma Medication

Elizabeth Rosenthal, a Stanford graduate and medical doctor who writes for the New York Times, recently published an article titled “The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath”. The article illuminates the “soaring costs” of asthma medication by covering a struggling family with 2 asthmatic children. Around 40 million people in the U.S are diagnosed with asthma, the most common chronic disease in the country. It can be kept at bay with a strong adherence to medication and regular doctor visits. However, with rising medical costs, asthma medication is becoming more difficult to afford than ever before.

Healthcare non-adherence is estimated to cost the U.S between $100 and $290 Billion a year. Following a medication regime is difficult for most patients as a false sense of health security can lure them away. With costs rising dramatically across the entire health industry, medication adherence is taking a toll.

“OAKLAND, Calif. — The kitchen counter in the home of the Hayes family is scattered with the inhalers, sprays and bottles of pills that have allowed Hannah, 13, and her sister, Abby, 10, to excel at dance and gymnastics despite a horrific pollen season that has set off asthma attacks, leaving the girls struggling to breathe.”

“Asthma — the most common chronic disease that affects Americans of all ages, about 40 million people — can usually be well controlled with drugs. But being able to afford prescription medications in the United States often requires top-notch insurance or plenty of disposable income, and time to hunt for deals and bargains.”

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Wallstreet’s Marketwatch names GeckoCap as one of the 10 Quirkiest Gadgets of CES 2013

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CES 2013 was a phenomenal experience. We met lots of startups with unseen technologies that aimed to better society. Wallstreet’s MarketWatch posted an article depicting GeckoCap as one of the 10 Quirkiest Gadgets at the show, referring to products that “…meld peculiarity and innovation”.

“One in 10 kids has asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and kids are more likely than adults to have an attack.

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