Why does asthma matter?
Asthma is the most common chronic disease and one of the leading causes of hospitalization for American children. Nearly ten million-- or one in seven-- kids are affected by asthma. Worrisome for children and parents alike, asthma is also a pressing public health issue, costing the U.S. over $15 billion annually.
Inhaled maintenance medication (corticosteroids) can effectively control asthma symptoms. However, non-adherence to treatment can result in unnecessary exacerbations, repeating symptoms and even a visit to the ER.
50% of all asthma costs could be prevented if kids simply adhered to their prescription.
We understand what children as well as their parents and doctors need to effectively manage asthma. Along with our team of programmers, engineers, and scientific advisors, we aim to disrupt antiquated health care treatment paradigms.
We have developed mobile, digital, and smart tools that empower children as well as their parents and doctors to better manage asthma medication.
GeckoCap’s glowing reminder system helps children build healthy habits and motivates them to take control of their health.
With inhaler tracking, GeckoCap also makes managing asthma a collaborative effort, allowing parents and doctors to monitor adherence online on their phones, tablets or computers.
GeckoCap transforms a chronic illness into a manageable one, and allows kids to spend more time being kids.
GeckoCap is a platform that smartly use the latest mobile technology, data analytics, social reinforcement, and gamification to improve asthma medication adherence
GeckoCap makes remembering to use your inhaler intuitive and fun -- even in the absence of symptoms. Our ‘smart button’ can be easily applied to any inhaler and glows on schedule as a reminder for the child. Every use is recorded and transmitted to the cloud where the data can be analyzed to further improve care. Children are encouraged to self-manage their asthma through games, goals and rewards that are geared toward their specific adherence challenges.
Parents gain peace of mind through a smart alerting and notification system on their mobile phones. Doctors can access discrete and longitudinal data that are crucial for improving therapy, accurate diagnosis and reinforcement of adherence. Geckocap is initially focused on addressing pediatric asthma but the platform can be applied to a broad range of diseases, medications, and behaviors.
How does the wireless solution work?
Our patent pending, ultra low-power technology allows us to make the GeckoCap affordable and convenient. There is no need to recharge, no cords, and no complicated setup. Our technology automatically and securely syncs with the cloud.
The GeckoCap works everywhere; when you are away from your home network, the data are stored on the cap. This means an inhaler with a GeckoCap can stay in a child’s pants or backpack. Caps can sync everywhere, making GeckoCap an ideal solution even for kids who travel between multiple homes.
How can GeckoCap improve public health?
GeckoCap can improve public health research by allowing epidemiologists and researchers to monitor asthma burden. Data are aggregated to protect individual patient privacy, and can be analyzed to determine sources of exacerbation and disease patterns. With this knowledge, policymakers can better design interventions to maximize public health and societal benefits.