A “unique” smartphone app to help asthma patients manage their condition has been developed through a partnership involving academics and a pharmaceutical company.
The MyAsthma app has been launched on the iTunes App Store and is available to download free of charge.
“It will help people take control of their own asthma”
The app has been devised by Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit – based at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – and GlaxoSmithKline.
The MyAsthma app allows patients with asthma to track and manage their condition, but can also be used by clinicians who can track up to five people’s conditions on their smartphone.
By capturing environmental, pollen and activity data, the app can allow users to record and analyse factors that seem to trigger their asthma, said its developers.
Users can access the clinically validated Asthma Control TestTM (ACT) or Childhood Asthma Control Test (C-ACT) to monitor their asthma control every 30 days.
“Our aim has been to use advances in smartphone and connected technologies”
The app includes a range of information including current environmental information – air temperature, pollution and pollen levels – a record of asthma exacerbations and symptoms, a medication track, and a peak flow or spirometry readings record.
Dr Dominick Shaw, associate clinical professor and lead researcher on the app, said the app had the “potential to be a significant step forward in asthma self-management.
“It will help people take control of their own asthma by improving their understanding of what triggers poor asthma control,” he said.
“Good self-management in asthma has many benefits and is associated with improved outcomes, including fewer attacks, unplanned primary care visits and hospital admissions,” he added.
App to ‘help relieve stress of asthma management’
Kai Gait, global digital director at GSK, said: “We believe that enabling patients to take control of their disease is one of the best ways to help them achieve improved health so that asthma doesn’t need to stand in their way.
“With MyAsthma our aim has been to use advances in smartphone and connected technologies to advance asthma patients’ understanding of their condition, but also to help them share their information with their healthcare team,” he added.
The tap has already been shortlisted for the AXA PPP Healthcare Health Tech & You Awards, which recognise health technology with the potential to make a difference to people’s lives. The winners will be announced on 27 April.