Al- Ahli Hospital provides MY Asthma MD App for asthma patients
Al- Ahli Hospital has provided a special mobile App for asthma patients, which will help to monitor their condition. The MY Asthma MD App could be downloaded on a smart- phone for accurate monitoring of asthma.
The calculation of the App is based on personal information such as age, height, and sex. Additionally, the users may customize their information by entering their highest personal peak flow measurement.
This app is connected with a peak flow meter is an inexpensive, portable, handheld device for those with asthma that is used to measure how well air moves out of the lungs. Measuring the peak flow using this meter is an important part of managing asthma symptoms and preventing an asthma attack.
Dr Hassan Sawaf Consultant Pulmonologist and Intensivist said, “The asthma App is important to know that patient’s peak flow meter only measures the amount of airflow out of the large airways of the lungs. Changes in airflow caused by the small airways (which also occur with asthma) will not be detected by a peak flow meter. Early warning signs, however, may be present. Therefore, it is important for you to also be aware of your symptoms and early warning signs to best manage your asthma.”
“It will use the chart the highest of your three readings into the Asthma MD Application. Also list any possible triggers and symptoms you may have been experiencing as well the medication that you will be taking,” he added.
The asthma App is very helpful if you or your child have moderate to severe asthma and require daily asthma medications. Even most children age six and up should be able to use a peak flow meter with good results. People with moderate to severe asthma should download the asthma application and have a peak flow meter at home.
“Peak Flow is only one parameter for tracking asthma. Users want to track their medications, symptoms, triggers, and add notes. Including an [wireless] connection would require users to fiddle with connecting and syncing an electronic peak flow meter with the app, while still having to manually enter medication and other parameters,” said Dr Sawaf.
“We realized we didn't want to provide connectivity just to create something that is cool, but not have real practical value to most users,” he added.
Laos, with the harsh weather conditions prevailing in the Middle East region the MY Asthma MD App could be more helpful for patients to control and prevent an asthma attack.
Dr Abdul Azim Abdul Wahab Hussain, Medical Director of Al Ahli Hospital said, “There are many people suffer from asthma due to the weather conditions with dust and heat in Qatar and the region. This App will be very useful for such people to control and prevent from asthma attacks.”
AsthmaMD’s revamped app includes integrated medication reminders that change depending on the user’s prescription. AsthmaMD tracks adherence so users can share this information with their physician through a portal, called MyAsthmaMD portal. Families and caregivers of the patient can log in to the portal if they want to also track the user’s progress.