The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions have an mHealth success story on their hands.
This week, the organizations announced initial results and new clinical features for their free Asthma Health app.
Released six months ago, the app enables individuals with asthma to participate in a large-scale medical research study by simply using their Apple iPhones, a statement shared with mHealthWatch reads. The app’s newest features—the “Doctor Dashboard” and integration with Epic, the popular electronic health records (EHR) system—will help enable Asthma Health study participants to use the app with their physicians.
“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 Eric Schadt, PhD, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We recruited and enrolled over 8,600 research participants in our study, remotely via the Asthma Health app without direct, in-person, contact. The breadth, depth, and quality of the data we’ve obtained, in one of the largest real-world epidemiological studies of asthma, has exceeded our expectations. Our experience demonstrates why mobile apps are fundamentally transforming medical research.”
“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. Also, our patients’ asthma triggers, medication usage, and clinical outcomes are of great interest,” adds Yu-Feng Yvonne Chan, MD, PhD, Director of Digital Health and Personalized Medicine at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai. “Further, many of our study participants wrote to inform us that the app was serving as more than a research tool, or an educational tool, but was actually helping them better understand and manage their condition and feel better overall. This potential positive impact of our research study on the participants has inspired our team to introduce new features and enhancements to the Asthma Health app.”