According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 25 million adults and children in the United States have asthma. It is estimated that asthma affects 300 million people globally, and an additional 100 million people will suffer from asthma by 2025*.
Increased emergency room visits, hospitalizations, medical costs and deaths reinforce the need for better monitoring.
I was told about the The AsthmaSense Cloud application, which is available on iPhone and Android platforms, and these enhanced features to track and manage chronic asthma including:
- Safe storage of a user’s asthma profile and event history in a password-protected, HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based data warehouse;
- Protected access and easy data recovery if one’s phone is replaced, lost, stolen or damaged;
- Ability to view and edit the application data on a computer;
- Tracking system to identify potential risk patterns and trends in asthma symptoms, medication use and testing results;
- Interactive medication and testing reminders as well as medication usage records;
- One-touch dialing of contact numbers, including auto-selected emergency number based on GPS location; and
- The ability to maintain multiple user profiles with a single application; a benefit to families with more than one person suffering from asthma.
The app is very comprehensive, almost to a fault. It tracks everything from your medication schedule to triggers, symptoms and more. For The Bee’s needs, the app requested more information than I had available and things I had never thought to track such as her peak flow and Forced Expiratory volume. I will follow up with her physician’s office but at the These are things I never thought to ask her physicians for but will make sure I follow up in the future.
But, you don’t have to take my word for it. This service is available as a free download for your smart phone or you can go to the website and enter the information We have only been using it for a week but so far for our needs it had been helpful to keep track of medication schedules.
To learn more please visit Asthma Sense online.
*World Health Organization. “Global surveillance, prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases: a
comprehensive approach.” (2007): page 16. Accessed Feb. 1, 2013
Disclosure: I was shared information about this app but not compensated in any way. All opinions and thoughts are my own.