New Asthma Care App
10
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /


THAT TIME HAD LYME DISEASE. IF IT GETS FDA APPROVAL THE TEST COULD ALSO APPEAR ON DRUGSTORE SHELVES. EVERY 20-SECOND IN THIS COUNTRY SOMEBODY IS RUSHED TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR ASTHMA. MANY OF THEM CHILDREN. BUT WITH THE RIGHT MEDICINES, ASTHMA CAN BE CONTROLLED. NOW, AS CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS YOU THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT. Reporter: YOU MIGHT THINK THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS GIRL. BUT LIKE MORE THAN 6 MILLION CHILDREN IN THE U.S. CARMEN HAS ASTHMA. IT WAS SO BAD SHE OFTEN WOUND UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THEY WOULD SEND US HOME WITH STEROIDS, THE PREDNISONE AND SHE WOULD GET BETTER FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THEN BACK TO THE SAME CYCLE. Reporter: THAT’S NOT UNCOMMON. THERE ARE NEARLY 2 MILLION VISITS TO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS EACH YEAR FOR ASTHMA HALF INVOLVING CHILDREN. IT’S HARD FOR ANYBODY TO REMEMBER TO TAKE MEDICATIONS EVERY DAY ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY’RE FEELING WELL WHICH IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH ASTHMA SO WE THOUGHT WE WOULD PROVIDE A REMINDER SYSTEM. Reporter: SO RESEARCHERS AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DEVELOPED THE ASTHMA CARE APP THAT SENDS ALERTS WHEN IT’S TIME FOR PATIENTS TO TAKE MEDICINE. IT ALLOWS THEM TO LOG TIMES WHEN PRETHING PROBLEMS OCCUR. AND EVEN HELPS KEEP TRACK OF SOME ENVIRONMENTAL TRICKERS AND ALLOWS THEM TO LOG TIMES WHEN BREATHING PROBLEMS OCCUR. WE HAVE ACCESS TO POLLEN STATIONS. AS LONG AS YOU’RE CONNECTED TO WI-FI, YOU CAN GET UP TO DATE ACCURA DATA REGARDING TREE AND GRASS POLLEN, RAGWEED AND THINGS LIKE THAT. Reporter: THE APP HAS AN ACTION PLAN TO HELP PATIENTS THROUGH EMERGENCIES. IN A PILOT STUDY, PATIENTS USED THE APP EVERY DAY. AND 81% OF THE TIME USED IT MORE THAN ONCE. NO PATIENT WHO WAS GIVEN AN ACTION PLAN WRITTEN ON PAPER CARRIED IT WITH HIM BUT EVERYONE WITH THE APP DID INCLUDING JOYCE. IT’S CHANGED OUR LIVES IN THE FACT THAT MY CHILD IS NOT GOING TO THE E.R. CONSTANTLY AND NOT HAVING SO MANY ASTHMA ATTACKS. Reporter: WHEN SHE IS OLDER SHE WILL HAVE HER OWN SMARTPHONE WITH THE ASTHMA APP TO REMIND HER DIRECTLY AND PATIENTS CAN SEND A COPY OF THEIR SYMPTOMS DIARY TO THE DOCTOR. MAX GOMEZ CBS 2 NEWS.


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