The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions announced initial results and new clinical features for their free Asthma Health app, which was one of the very first apps to use Apple’s ResearchKit platform.
Said app enables individuals with asthma to participate in a large-scale medical research study by simply using their Apple iPhones. The new features — Doctor Dashboard and integration with the Epic EHR — will enable study participants to use the app with their physicians.
“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,” said Eric Schadt, PhD, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Founding Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. “Our experience demonstrates why mobile apps are fundamentally transforming medical research.”
Corey Bridges, CEO of LifeMap Solutions, added that thanks to Doctor Dashboard, patients are able to hand their iPhone to their provider from where he/she can get a sense of the patient’s recent asthma condition, symptom control, and activity.
More than 8,600 research participants have been enrolled in the Asthma Health study.As for that Epic EHR integration, it could be of great value to the pulmonologists and other clinicians providing care, according to 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.
The Asthma Health app is available as a free download in the Apple App Store.
Other Epic community members can learn more about how LifeMap and Mount Sinai’s Asthma Health app integrates with the Epic EHR and how they can leverage the app to collect asthma data from their own patients by viewing this document on the Epic UserWeb.