What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.
If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:
- left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
- worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
- had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
- tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?
I can answer yes to all of these questions and know that many of you can, too. A new product was announced today to the world that will help individuals and families with all of these concerns and more by using “smart” technology. They’ve created a new smart case for your EpiPen which can communicate with your smart phone (both iPhone and Droid) using Bluetooth technology. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with the team who is developing this innovative product and have been excitedly waiting to help them spread the news to the allergy and anaphylaxis community.
Watch this short video to learn more about Veta:
Veta Smart Case has a host of helpful features, including:
- Find Me: A flashing light and audio pings help you locate a misplaced Veta smart case. Veta app remembers the last known location of your device so you can find your smart case in your house or even across the city.
- Proximity Alert: Wireless signals between your smart case and mobile device monitor when Veta smart case is left behind. Once you get too far away from the smart case, Veta triggers a notification on your mobile device and to your private support network.
- Temperature Sensors: Temperature sensors help you monitor your auto-injector so that the epinephrine doesn’t become too hot or too cold.
- Emergency Notification of Private and Public Support Networks: If you are having a reaction and pull the cap on your Veta smart case to access your EpiPen®, an alert will be sent immediately to everyone in your private support network. Optionally, this alert will also be sent to people in the extended community support network that are close to you. Information about your location is shared with your networks so they can come to your aid directly and contact emergency services.
- Confirming Your Safety: If you pull the cap on your Veta smart case, in addition to sending a alert to your network, it will also check back with you in several minutes to make sure you are still okay. If you are not able to respond, it will provide a loud verbal warning to bystanders in your vicinity to alert them of the medical emergency.
- Emergency Standby Button: You can press and hold the emergency standby button while assessing your situation during a (potential) anaphylactic event. If you decide you are safe, you can deactivate the alert and verbal notification by pressing the button three times, without notifying anyone in your private support network. Or, in the event you are no longer able to hold the button, Veta triggers a red alert to your private Veta support network and activates a local verbal alert.
Amazing, right? I’m so excited about Veta and am looking forward to trying it out as soon as I can. We will all need to be patient, however, because they won’t be ready until the fall of 2015. In the meantime, you can pre-order the Veta Smart Case for $59 through this form online.
I can imagine using the Veta app every single day for peace of mind and helping my daughter to be responsible and confident in self-carrying her medications. What do you think, would a smart case like this help your family?
Learn more about the Veta Smart Case on the Aterica web site. Feel free to share this post with others using the sharing tools below.
Please note: I am not affiliated with Aterica and was not compensated for this post. Product features, photo and video provided by Aterica as part of their press kit.
You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.
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