Any parent will tell you that it can be nerve-wrecking to leave you young child in someone else’s care. And when that child has special concerns, such as food allergies, that apprehension can easily multiply.
I’ve been there too. Having a child with so many food allergies there was barely anything that he could eat safely, leaving him at preschool, elementary school, with sitters, or at a friend’s house all came with the same sense of fear. And we were leaving our son with people we trusted, people who truly knew the severity of the situation. Yet that did not make the uneasiness disappear. It could easily take me an hour to write out information and instructions for each person who was in charge of keeping an eye on my child.
Fortunately, there are people like Drew Smith who are helping families and caregivers make it easier for those with food allergies and other medical or special needs. Drew is the founder of inVitalShare, a new mobile app and website that will allow parents to securely share vital care information with friends, family, and caregivers. For families like mine, next to a cure, there are no tools more needed than a food allergy app that can help keep children safe.
There has been a lot of excitement about this project, and just today, a crowdfunding campaign launched in support of inVitalShare. Funds raised through the crowdfunding campaign will help to ensure that this service is available for many years to come.
The app allows parents to share care information with caregivers in a secure and easy-to-use manner. The parent of a child with a special care need, in this case a food allergy, simply signs up and creates a profile for their child. Information that can be shared includes: allergies and other conditions, triggers, symptoms, foods and treats that are safe, foods that should be avoided, restaurants and menu items that are safe, what to do in the event of an emergency, and emergency contacts. A user has the ability to create as many lists as they want, name them accordingly, and enter any type of information within that list. InVitalShare is completely flexible and allows you to share ANY type if information with ANYONE.
Once a profile has been created, the parent enters the email addresses of the caregivers, selects only the pieces of information they want to share, and the amount of time that the information can be seen. The caregivers then receive the invitation by email and can instantly view information that been shared with them using the mobile app or website. The information to be taken anywhere, and can be accessed even if an internet connection is not available.
Parents sharing information can do so for under $5 a month. The caregivers that receive access to this information will pay nothing.
A service like inVitalShare can save lives. What I wouldn’t have given to have a service like inVitalShare to save the time, aggravation and sense of discomfort each and every time my son was in someone else’s care. This new food allergy app can bring peace of mind to parents and to caregivers alike. It is even my hope that in time we will see the inVitalShare service used in daycare centers, preschools, public schools and more.
It would be fantastic to have your support as they move forward with their goal of improving the lives of families that deal with food allergies, medical, and other special care needs. To learn more or make a contribution to the crowdfunding campaign, go to: http://bit.ly/1FmYcSZ.