Children's Health launches asthma tracking app

By Aditi Pai

My Asthma PalDallas, Texas-based hospital Children's Health has launched a new app, called My Asthma Pal, to help children track and manage their asthma, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

My Asthma Pal, available on iOS and Android devices, aims to help children and their their parents track, understand, and manage a child's asthma. Users can access educational materials about asthma, track their symptoms, set reminders to take their medication, share their asthma management plan as well as their asthma control test scores, and view their asthma tracking progress over time.

Although Children's Health just launched My Asthma Pal last week, the organization is already working on a second version of this app that will not only allow users to track asthma manually, but also sync with a connected peak flow meter via Bluetooth, send data to the hospital's MyChart medical record, and offer different data visualizations.

Children's Health is also planning to launch three other apps including an app to manage diabetes, an app to prevent injury, and an internal app for the hospital's employees.

Just this year, a number of children's hospitals across the US have added digital offerings for patients.

In March, Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced that it would install 200 tablets in patient rooms to provide patients and their families with customized, interactive information about their treatment plan. The hospital was awarded $200,000 from the James M. Cox Foundation to launch this initiative, called the “Connected Patient Project”.

In the following months, the CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan launched a new telemedicine program to help reduce childhood obesity and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced that they will offer an imaging app, called ImageInbox, to their patients. Boston Children's also recently showed off a few internally developed digital health tools for patients and clinicians including RNSafe, an app that aims to help increase patient safety when administering medications, and Thermia, a decision support tool for fevers and associated febrile illnesses.