About CareStarter

Health starts with Kids! At CareStarter we help pediatric healthcare professionals focus on medical mysteries by delivering compassion, inspiration, and resources to kids and their families.

The Two Products of CareStarter's Platform

- A Free Mobile App for Families -

Our free mobile app, CareStarter (found on iTunes and Google Play) helps families with kids, teens, and young adults connect with resources across all areas of life so they can live healthier happier lives.

- Enterprise Software for Providers -

Our enterprise software automates and scales care management to every patient interaction within a health system and is relevant to any organization that manages a pediatric population.

CareStarter Recommended Resources

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This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Mobile is the single most important change in the world since the invention of the internet. Seventy-one percent of adults in the U.S. now own a web-enabled smartphone or other wireless device. Mobile allows for individuals to be connected in real time, on the fly and literally from the palm of their hand. They have the world and its resources at their fingers, making for some of the most empowered buyers and consumers we’ve experienced to date. Mobile users are empowered to learn, engage and research for themselves without having to wait.

The mobile healthcare space is a busy one, with revenue in 2016 expected to exceed $13.578 billion. Mobile healthcare apps are generally placed in...

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In 2008, I along with some friends started The Connections Book. The book served as a living resource for caregivers, providers, families and parents filled with resources, references and listings of providers who specialized in children with special needs.

The Connections Book has been an amazing resources but the truth is that over the years we have been limited by it. Most of you, like me, use at least one mobile app in your daily routine to access information. The app is the next generation and evolution of the book, which is why I thought it best to share three of the most compelling reasons that we built the CareStarter App. These patient focused technologies are founded on the principle of providing great resources for families of children with special needs. My goal has always been to elevate the level of care, better connecting families to providers helping to improve the level of care and information they receive.

Reason #1: We NEVER Run Out of It!

Due to the book’s popularity, we have referred...

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We've been working hard on building and establishing a group of tutorials for new app users. The team has worked closely with app users and has developed a series of app and tech tutorials to help you get the most out of the CareStarter app.

CareStarter and Connections Tutorial Library Resources

New app users receive a series of emails and tutorials delivered to their email inboxes over the course of the first few weeks after downing the app and creating a profile. Here is a list of our tutorials that you can easily access from our CareStarter blog that includes photos and screenshots at your fingertips.

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Pediatric special care is a healthcare plan, resources and support for patients who are between the ages 0-30. These resources are focused on children with special needs.

What is Pediatric Special Care?

Pediatric special care differs from traditional pediatric healthcare because there are children involved with very diverse, complex and specific needs that for many of them will follow them throughout the course of their life. The type of special care a child receives depends on the specific pediatric diagnosis. This diagnosis can range from childhood leukemia to autism to Down Syndrome and everything inbetween. Care for diagnosis ranges from meal plans to physical therapy to psychologist. It’s not uncommon for a special needs child to have 7 different doctors and medical professionals they are seeing. Juggling all these doctors and medical professionals as a parent and caregiver I can assure you is an overwhelming task.

A parent will need access to a provider(s) outside of his/her child’s...

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Three-hundred sixty (360) degrees of care is founded on CareStarter’s belief that patients are people and that people are not acute. And by acute I mean that we believe that healthcare diagnosis, support and resources for pediatric patients are dynamic regardless of the diagnosis chronic or not. Patients are not always viewed as people who are complex and dynamic The patient as well as the caregiver or family are fluid. Most importantly a person or patient in this case should not be defined by their diagnosis. The support for the diagnosis of their child is ongoing and in many cases lasts a lifetime.

The health system in its current state was not designed for acute and dynamic care. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are often focused on chronic care where there is a specific beginning, middle and end to the type of care provided to their patients. If a patient, breaks an arm bone, there is a standard process with a beginning, middle and end - unlike long term treatment plans. This is very different from a pediatric diagnosis of autism,...

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