AsthmaMD app

An app for people with asthma wanting to record their peak flow readings, asthma symptoms, triggers and medication.

AsthmaMD

By AsthmaMD

Asthma MD icon Features
  • Symptom tracking
  • Trigger recording
  • Peak flow diary 
  • Action plans
  • Medication tracking
  • Medication reminder
  • Appointment reminder
  • Reports for sharing

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Cost

Free


What does the app do?

This app allows users to record their peak flow readings, asthma symptoms, triggers and medication. Users can email their records to others for example, their healthcare provider, family members of their school. The app allows users to create a 3-stage asthma action plan. The app records data anonymously for research purposes. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

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PROS

CONS

✔ Good video tutorials.

✔ Symptom and peak flow tracking, and action plan is automatically triggered if enter concerning data.

✔ Medication reminders

✔ Data syncing, and can have multiple users.

✔ Action plans can be easily followed step by step. There are also auto customised peak flow ranges for each step.

✔ Data can be exported.

✘ The adult action plan template (NIH action plans) differs from those we use in NZ. It uses a three stage plan which is somewhat similar to our four stage plan but without the oral steroid step. Our three stage plan has oral steroids for the yellow stage instead of increasing preventer medication. It also doesn't have a SMART action plan and the plans in general are not particularly customisable. The child action plan seems similar to the NZ one. See Resources Asthma Foundation, NZ

✘ The peak flow ranges for each step appears to be auto generated from height and/or best peak flow reading. There does not appear to be a way of manually entering peak flow ranges for each step.

✘ Could not see any information on how to use a spacer.

✘ Using the app is not entirely intuitive (e.g. holding your phone vertically and horizontally gives you different features for different sections). I recommend watching the video tutorial

✘ No asthma control test

✘ List of medications list is US-based and may be confusing to NZ users.

Privacy and security

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Review details

Date of review: March 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 1.7.10.5
Download size: 9.13 MB

Learn more

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

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