Asthma patients have a new monitoring tool with iSonea's AsthmaSense mobile app. It lets patients track their breathing and manage their medications with a journal that records symptoms, medication history, and breathing function meter readings.
The home page (pictured) lets patients enter their medications they take, both the regularly scheduled ones and the ones used in unusual and emergency situations. They also can enter readings from peak flow meters, which measure how well air moves out of a person's lungs, and wheeze rate meters. A month's worth of data is available for review and can be shared with physicians.
The app lets users set medication reminders, and turn them on and off. Patients receive alerts when the system determines that their asthma is "not well controlled" or "poorly controlled," based on National Institute of Health guidelines. It can also be used to call for emergency help.
AsthmaSense costs $3.99 and runs on Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices.