My Asthma app

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

My Asthma app

Basic features

Rating

 

  • No in-app advertising 
  • No WiFi/Mobile data needed except for app updates and downloads
  • Data can be shared via email & WhatsApp
  • No social networking options
  • No online support community 

Technical score ★★★★☆
Formal review (MARS) 4.2 out of 5

This app is awaiting clinical and user reviews. If you are interested in helping with reviews contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz 

What does the app do?

This app provides users with comprehensive information about what asthma is, signs and symptoms, triggers, treatment and first aid. A lot of information is provided within the app itself and more in-depth information is provided as a link to downloadable documents or pages from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation website. The app allows users to create a 3 or 4 stage asthma action plan with each stage relating to a different level of severity. The action plan includes a list of possible symptoms and allows you to enter medications, treatments or other instructions for each stage. Users can take an asthma control test (the app links to an external website) to help them determine the level of control they have over their asthma.      

For the complete app description, go to Apple App store (iOS) or Google Play store (android). 

PROS ✔  CONS  ✘  
  • Engaging and appealing look with simple interface. 
  • Well structured and easy to use.
  • Relevant information is provided in clear, simple, language.
  • Users can access more in-depth information if required. 
  • Asthma action plan can be shared with relevant contacts such as family members, sports coach, etc. 
  • Basic, generic images of inhalers used in medication section is not very helpful. Real images of inhalers would help users recognise their specific inhaler. 
  • App is mainly an education tool so it doesn't have features like symptom tracking or reminder setting.  
Date of this review: May 2017

Learn more

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References

The following references relate to articles about apps for asthma:

  1. Connected asthma: how technology will transform care Asthma UK
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Househ M, Hossain N, Jamal A, et al. A cross-sectional content analysis of Android applications for asthma. Health Informatics J. 2016 Mar 3.
  5. Wu AC, Carpenter JF, Himes BE. Mobile health applications for asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 May-Jun;3(3):446-8
  6. 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.
  7. Marcano Belisario JS, Huckvale K, et al. Smartphone and tablet self management apps for asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Nov 27;(11)