AsthmaMD app

An app for people with asthma and COPD 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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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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What does the app do?

This app lets you record your peak flow readings, asthma symptoms, triggers and medicines. You can email your records to others, such as your healthcare provider, family/whānau members or your school. The app allows you to create a 3-stage asthma action plan. The app records data anonymously for research purposes.

For the complete app description, go to the app website, Google Play or App store and, for a detailed review, see Reviews. 

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PROS CONS 

✔ Provides a video tutorial.

✔ 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 plan) differs from those we use in New Zealand. It uses a 3-stage plan which is somewhat similar to our 4-stage plan but without the oral steroid step. Our 3-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 New Zealand 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.

✘ App can be troubling to navigate, eg, adding and removing medications involves editing the whole action plan.

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

✘ Using the app is not entirely intuitive (eg, holding your phone vertically and horizontally gives you different features for different sections). Watching the video tutorial is recommended.

✘ No asthma control test.

✘ List of medications is US-based and may be confusing to New Zealand users.

Review details

  • February 2021, Version 3.35, Apple
  • March 2017, Version 1.7.10.5, Android

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Asthma in adults
Asthma in children
COPD

App developer
If you are the developer and would like to provide updated information about this app, please email the app library manager at applibrary@healthnavigator.org.nz.

References

  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.
    Househ M, Hossain N, Jamal A, et al. A cross-sectional content analysis of Android applications for asthma. Health Informatics J. 2016 Mar 3.
  4. Wu AC, Carpenter JF, Himes BE. Mobile health applications for asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 May-Jun;3(3):446-8.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Reviewed By: Dr Alice Miller - locum GP, Wellington Region Last reviewed: 16 Feb 2021