Miami Children's Hospital adds indoor GPS directions, gift giving to patient app

By Aditi Pai
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MiamigiftsIn the newest version of Miami Children's Hospital's patient-facing iPhone app, the hospital offers a WiFi-enabled GPS system that tracks where the user is within the hospital and tells them how they can get to their desired location.

Additionally, the app now allows families to deliver cafeteria food or gifts to a patient in the hospital. Gifts that families can send include balloons, stuffed animals, clothing and more.

Since launch, the app, Fit4KidsCare has helped patients to locate Miami Children's Hospital facilities, make appointments and check hours of operation for the different Miami Children's Hospital locations.

Fit4KidsCare has a child-friendly design with pictures and colors designating the different functions of the app.

While this app is free, the hospital's other app, ScripteRx costs $0.99 and helps patients and their parents remember to follow their medication regimen as instructed. ScripteRx, developed by pediatric specialists, is designed to put an entire family's medication schedules within a single app.

Miami Children's worked with Meridian Apps to develop the new indoor GPS-enabled directions feature of the app. Just a few weeks ago Meridian was acquired by enterprise WiFi powerhouse Aruba Networks for an undisclosed sum.

Last year, Miami Children's Hospital partnered with Patient Point, a provider of care coordination and patient care management. As part of the deal, Patient Point planned to set up a care coordination iOS based system for clinicians. It also aimed to introduce a number of patient engagement offerings like wellness-focused games, apps for check-in and check-out, medication adherence apps, and interactive clinical surveys.