The app allows parents to create a health record for their baby. By entering their child's date of birth, the app uses the device calendar to automatically set reminders for important dates like Well Child checkups and immunisations. It also has provision to record the child's growth details such as height, weight and head circumference, so that parents can track growth and changes. Parents can store contact details for anyone involved in supporting a family and child —midwife, Well Child provider, GP, hospital and dental care.
The app is designed to be used alongside the Well Child Tamariki Ora My Health book (also known as the Plunket book).
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Free with no advertisement disturbances.
Immunization schedule can be complex especially for new families, so this app is useful for busy families, to keep track of child's appointments and immunization schedule, especially for parents/caregivers with more than 1 child.
App features work well, timely response, simple design and relatively easy to learn how to use.
Provides links to a range of useful New Zealand specific resources and websites.
Co-designed (consumer input).
Health literacy- some pages under My Health Book have lots of textual information which can be overwhelming and hard to read on devices with small screens. No contents section so need to scroll through to find what you are looking for.
Issues with graphs- no explanation on how to navigate between the different graphs (i.e. weight, height and head circumference), no explanation about what the colored lines represent (percentile?), axis incorrectly labelled (i.e. head circumference and height graphs have weight on axis), date in American format which can be confusing for some people, can not customize range or zoom in.
No help menu or whom to contact if help needed with app.
Issues with uploading profile photos of different kids, all end up having image of 1st child.
Not mentioned anywhere but important to declare that this app is not associated with Plunket.
Date of this review: December 2016
Reviewer: Diana Phone, Clinical Pharmacist, Counties Manukau DHB December 2016 Clinical score: ★★☆☆☆ Review: "This app is most useful for parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers who need to keep a track of health appointments and immunisations on the go, as they may not carry the Plunket book on them all the time. The main benefit of using this app is having a schedule of upcoming health appointments and when immunisations are due. Also contains some of the first aid and well being information from the book that parents/caregivers can refer to when they don't have the book on them." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comments: "The app is produced by a local NZ organisation, the Nelson Marlborough DHB — it has useful links to other New Zealand specific resources and websites".
The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.