The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and LifeMap Solutions, a digital-health subsidiary of BioTime, Inc., have revealed initial results for their Asthma Health app six months after Apple announced ResearchKit.
“We are delighted with the initial results we’ve seen after six months of using Apple’s ResearchKit framework for our Asthma Health app,” said Icahn School of Medicine, Professor of Genomics Eric Schadt. “We recruited and enrolled over 8,600 research participants in our study, remotely via the Asthma Health app without direct, in-person, contact.”
The app uses Apple’s ResearchKit open source software framework and allows asthma patients to monitor their condition while participating in research studies through their iPhones.
“Studying the rich data from thousands of participants, we have found some preliminary but fascinating patterns regarding the usage of the app and activity level data collected from surveys and HealthKit,” said Director of Digital Health and Personalized Medicine at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai, Yu-Feng Yvonne Chan, MD, PhD.
The Asthma Health App also taps into Apple’s Health Kit, a tool for developers that lets health and fitness apps work together. When granted permission by the user, the Asthma Health app accesses data from Health Kit to track, for example, asthma inhaler use measured by third-party devices and apps. It can also take advantage of the iPhone’s features such as GPS sensors to gather other relevant health data.
The app’s newest features, a “Doctor Dashboard” and integration with EPIC’s electronic health record, lets users share their asthma data with their physicians.
“We learned that some app users were showing their historical health data, as displayed in Asthma Health, to their doctors, in order to start very information-rich conversations. Inspired by these stories, we worked closely with our Mount Sinai colleagues to build an even more useful feature—the new Doctor Dashboard. Now, the patient just presses a button in the app and hands their iPhone to their provider. Within seconds, any provider can get a sense of the patient’s recent asthma condition, symptom control, and activity. Any patient can show their Doctor Dashboard to any care provider, anywhere,” said LifeMap CEO, Corey Bridges.
The Asthma Health app is available for free download in the Apple App Store.