The Asthma Health App, a free app for Apple iPhones, has improved education and awareness of asthma in a recent study and was found to be a good research tool.

Creators of the Asthma Health App, a free app for Apple iPhones, recently announced findings on how the app’s new features are positively impacting the health of asthma users.  The creators, LifeMap Solutions and the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai, initially developed the app for asthma patients to participate in a large research study using just their iPhones. The app offers features such as the Doctor Dashboard and integrates a commonly used electronic records system called Epic so that participants can interact with their physicians and be actively engaged in the study.

The app has been available for Apple iPhones for about six months.  More than 8,600 asthmatics have already enrolled in the study — all without ever having to meet with a trial investigator in person. The study, according to the makers of the app, has proven to be one of the world’s largest epidemiological research studies on the management of asthma, and has performed much better than expected, changing the face of how research can be conducted in the future.

The study has provided a considerable amount of valuable data, yielding preliminary results about how the app is used and the health difficulties that active asthma patients experience daily.  Other data types, such as the use of asthma medication, the identification of asthma triggers in the participants, and outcomes of asthma treatment have also been collected through the iPhone app.

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