First step to connected health? A smart thermometer.

With burgeoning company, MIT Sloan alumnus wants real-time health information in the hands of consumers

From MIT Sloan Newsroom, January 16, 2015

Inder Singh, MBA ’06, is looking forward to the day when anyone can tune into a health report for up-to-the-minute news on what colds, flus, and other contagious diseases are circulating nearby.

To get there, in 2012 Singh founded Kinsa, a company creating and selling smart thermometers that not only take temperatures but also enable users to monitor symptoms and medications, keep records for the doctor, and connect with others to see what illnesses might be going around their neighborhood or school.

“For the first time in history, we will have a system to track the spread of disease—what I like to call the ‘health weather,’ a real-time understanding of what’s going on,” Singh said. Aggregated, anonymized health data from the associated Kinsa smartphone app will provide a leading indicator of the spread of illness.

“At Kinsa we’re working on what I believe is the biggest issue in health care: stopping the spread of disease,” Singh said. “The mantra of health care is early detection, early response. These connected devices will allow for much earlier detection, and that will transform the way health care services are delivered.”

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