Asthma apps

The following apps relating to asthma care have been reviewed.

Symptom tracking apps

App name   Description

My Asthma app

An app by the Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ for people with asthma, wanting to learn about the condition and create an asthma action plan.

Asthma Check

 
An app for people with asthma wanting to record their peak flow readings, asthma symptoms, exercise and smoking habits.

AsthmaMD

 
An app for people with asthma wanting to record their peak flow readings, asthma symptoms, triggers and medication. The app also has provision to create an asthma action plan. 

Education and information apps

App name   Description
Kids Beating Asthma
 
An app aimed at children and teenagers with asthma, to learn about their condition. The app seems incomplete and much of the content is under development. 

Wizdy Pets

 
An app designed to teach younger children about asthma, using a fun and interactive game. During the game kids learn about asthma care, inhaler timing, inhaler technique, triggers, symptom recognition and appropriate actions to avoid asthma attacks.

Asthma Friendly Classroom

  An app aimed at school staff to create an asthma-friendly classroom.

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for asthma:

  1. Tinschert P, Jakob R, Barata F et al. The Potential of Mobile Apps for Improving Asthma Self-Management: A Review of Publicly Available and Well-Adopted Asthma Apps. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Aug 2;5(8):e113.
  2. Connected asthma: how technology will transform care Asthma UK
  3. Hui CY, Walton R, McKinstry B, et al. The use of mobile applications to support self-management for people with asthma: a systematic review of controlled studies to identify features associated with clinical effectiveness and adherence. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Oct 2.
  4. Cook KA, Modena BD, Simon RA. Improvement in Asthma Control Using a Minimally Burdensome and Proactive Smartphone Application. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Jul-Aug;4(4):730-737.
  5. Househ M, Hossain N, Jamal A, et al. A cross- sectional content analysis of Android applications for asthma. Health Informatics J. 2016 Mar 3.
  6. Wu AC, Carpenter JF, Himes BE. Mobile health applications for asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 May-Jun;3(3):446-8
  7. Huckvale K, Morrison C, Ouyang J, et al. The evolution of mobile apps for asthma: an updated systematic assessment of content and tools. BMC Med. 2015 Mar 23;13:58.
  8. Marcano Belisario JS, Huckvale K, et al. Smartphone and tablet self management apps for asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Nov 27;(11)
Last reviewed: 26 Mar 2017