In the UK there are 1.1 million children that have asthma and 110,000 have to be treated by paediatricians at specialist clinics. The UK has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma.
Medication adherence, learning about self-management and what to do in the event of an asthma attack, are key elements of the Asthma+me solution. Parents have the ability to immediately share their child’s data from their Smartphones with paediatricians, to get immediate medical advice.
Asthma+me has been co-designed with Professor Heather Elphick, Consultant Paediatrician at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Trust (UK) to support the transition from treatment in specialist paediatric clinics to community care, with an initial focus of meeting the needs of children aged 6-12 years. It supports wireless medical monitors and includes medication diaries, trigger alerts for pollution, pollen and weather and recording of symptoms.
Asthma+me is used with the PUFFClickerTM – a Bluetooth tracker for pressurised metered-dose inhalers, which counts doses, whether the inhaler has been shaken properly before each use and a timer to support improved inhaler technique.
Children are involved in setting their goals and are motivated by incentives from parents, friends and family to promote behaviour change, increasing adherence to their Personalised Care Plan that is generated automatically on their Smartphone.