Naveen Nannapaneni, Mashkur Husain, Alaa Elkhider , Adeeb Bulkhi, Ahmad Hamad, along with Dr. Diane Levine have devleoped a unique new tool to help in our care of patients with asthma”
“For a Quality Improvement project we have attempted to improve the availability of an asthma action plan for the residents in the outpatient clinics through an iPhone app. We are studying whether or not this will result in greater utilization of an action plan in the care of asthmatic patients seen by our residents. At present, we have to go through six menus in the EMR just to access a blank action plan and this app should help bypass this obstacle. In addition, the app will provide reminders to the patient to take their medications which should help with patient adherence.”
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide with an estimated 300 million affected individuals. The prevalence increasing in many countries, and it is major cause of school and work absence. Developed economies might expect to spend 1-2 percent of total health care expenditures on asthma. Poorly controlled asthma is expensive, and investment in prevention medication likely to yield cost savings in emergency care.
An asthma action plan is beneficial in clinical practice as it can be tailored to meet individual needs, improves the patient-doctor relationship, and allows patients to manage ashtma on their own. The plan educates patients and families to recognize the symptoms of asthma, understand the medication beneits and side effects, and gives instructions in the proper use of inhalers and a peak flow meter.
Our very own residents have developed a new iPhone app called “Asthma Pal”. This allows all of the information from a standard asthma action plan to be directly inputted into a patient’s iPhone so they will always have quck access to this improtant information. The app also allows the form to be printed and emailed either to the patient or yourself (to be printed on the clinic printer).
If neither you nor your patient have an iPhone, you can still print the paper copy of the asthma action plan and go over it with each asthma patient.
Attached is a powerpoint presentation explaining how to use the app, please review it and feel free to email one of the creators listed above if you have any questions!