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Parents At St. Leo's School In Elmwood Park Get Thermometer App

St. Leo's pupils
St. Leo's pupils Photo Credit: COURTESY: St. Leo's School

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- St. Leo's School in Elmwood Park was one of only 50 schools chosen from 850 applicants nationwide to participate in a special health program using the first FDA-approved smartphone-connected thermometer.

All student familiies with smartphones will receive the $30 Kinsa thermometers in the mail as part of the manufacturer's FLUency program -- just in time for flu season.

The devices allow parents to detect signs of potential health trouble earlier, leading to fewer sick days.

"Sick days are disruptive to learning, challenging for parents who must find childcare, and costly to schools that are already struggling with strapped resources," said Inder Singh, Kinsa's founder and CEO. "We are thrilled to be able to offer select schools a tool to help keep more children healthy and in class."

The Kinsa thermometer connects to smartphones via the headphone jack and uses the display, power and processing of the device to determine a precise temperature reading in less than 10 seconds, the company says:

Parents can:

Create individual profiles for each member of a family;

Record and monitor fever, symptom, and illness history;

Make temperature-taking fun for kids through interactive screens;

Report the progression of illnesses to physicians;

Keep track of medication dosages and timing; and

Document any physical symptoms with photos.


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