My Asthma App

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

My Asthma App By Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ
My Asthma icon Features
  • Education and information
  • Asthma action plan
  • Developed by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ

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Available from

 My Asthma App website       iTunes        Google Play store

Cost

Free

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 a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
My Asthma app screenshots

PROS  CONS 

✔  Engaging and appealing look with simple interface

✔  Easy to use

✔ Uses clear, simple, language

✔ Can access more in-depth information by links to website 

✔ Asthma action plan can be shared with relevant contacts such as family members, sports coach, etc. 

✔ Designed for New Zealanders



✘ No medication reminders

✘ Tracking peak flow, symptoms and triggers isn’t built into the app and requires downloading and printing a pdf file.

✘ While a lot of asthma educational information is built into the app, there are also many links to external pdfs from the NZ asthma foundation website which requires an internet connection, is hard to read on a phone and makes the experience less streamlined.

✘ There is an asthma control test, but this is a link to an external website by a pharmaceutical company, rather than built into the app.

✘ No option to sync action plans (for example with caregivers or partners).

✘ Basic, generic images of inhalers used in medication section is not very helpful. Real images of inhalers would help users recognise their specific inhaler

Privacy and security

The privacy policy states that the app collects personal information while creating the personalised asthma plan. The information won't be shared with third parties without permission. However, with permission the information can be provided to third party as well as can be used for marketing and promotion. New Zealand Privacy Act 1993 gives you the permission to access and correct the personal information.

Review details

Date of review: May 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 1.02
Download size: 7.65 MB

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Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 16 Jan 2018