Nationwide Children's Hospital introduces AsthmaCare app

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Asthma is the most common chronic condition affecting children in America.

It is responsible for missed school days, work days and every 20 seconds someone is rushed to the hospital because of an asthma attack.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have created an app aimed at helping children with asthma manage the condition.

The app, which is available for iPhone and some Android devices, is called AsthmaCare.

It focuses on each patient’s individual need, specific triggers and medications. The app can even set daily reminders about how to avoid what sets off symptoms.  

Allergy and immunology specialist Dr. David Stukus leads the team of researchers and developers on the project.

"We know that seventy percent of the population has access to a smart phone or hand held device regardless of where you live or your socioeconomic status so these devices are being used by everybody and they're on that at all times even right before bed at night," he said.

In fact, teens in a 30-day pilot study of the app all preferred the technology to the traditional method of a written treatment plan.  

“They engage with the app every day 81 percent of the time they used it multiple times a day, universally they loved it,” Dr. Stukus said.

The AsthmaCare app is free and available on the Nationwide Children's website at https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/asthmacare.