Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai along with experts from the Mount Sinai–National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute have collaborated with LifeMap Solutions to create an Apple HealthKit-compliant iOS app. The app, which will be commercially available in the later part of 2015, is designed to help patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) monitor and manage their symptoms. The “COPD Navigator iPhone” app is part of a pilot program, where physicians from the Institute will support patients in improving self-management of their disease.
The app automatically knows when a patient has used their inhaler and can help track medication adherence. Along with providing educational information, the app identifies potential environmental and behavioral triggers and alerts patients in real-time to local air quality and extreme weather conditions.
Using Apple’s ResearchKit platform (for researchers to host mobile apps), LifeMap has also developed an “Asthma Health” app with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The app is “designed to facilitate asthma patient education and self-monitoring, promote positive behavioral changes and reinforce adherence to treatment plans based on current asthma guidelines.”
Other research institutions have developed apps using ResearchKit’s platform to study chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (“MyHeart Counts” in conjunction with Stanford Medicine); diabetes (“GlucoSuccess” working with Massachusetts General Hospital); breast cancer (“Share the Journey,” developed by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Penn Medicine, Sage Bionetworks and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center); and Parkinson’s disease (“Parkinson mPower,” in a partnership between the University of Rochester and Sage Bionetworks).
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