23 Apr 2020
The question of how patients can best look after their health, especially if they're in a high-risk category, and whether patients should be increasing their medication just in case, are all concerns GPs have to deal with on a daily basis.
Below, we share how health apps can help those with respiratory conditions. Dr Tom Micklewright shares how he has been using the COVID-19 App Formulary, and gives his personal, practical view on three apps which can help patients better manage their asthma at home.
With 61.4% of the asthma apps we've reviewed scoring below ORCHA's quality threshold, it's important to understand which apps are clinically assured and safe to use.
Empowering patients: In the video below, hear Dr Tom Micklewright discuss the importance of empowering patients to self-manage their health, and the role of digital health.
Click below to watch the video:
myAsthma app demonstration: Dr Micklewright demonstrates the myAsthma app, shares his views, and explores the medication diary, forecasters for mapping out triggers, and personalised action plans which can all be accessed in the app, giving patients more control over their asthma:
Click here to view ORCHA's review of the my mhealth suite of apps on our dedicated COVID-19 App Library.
Zephyr Guide app demonstration: Dr Micklewright explains why the Zephyr Guide app can be great to signpost patients to for their annual asthma reviews, especially when clinicians can't actually see the patient. The app trains people to use their inhalers properly through a series of simple animations:
Click here to access ORCHA's review of Zephyr Guide on our COVID-19 App Library.
Smart Peak Flow demonstration: For his insight into another top-scoring asthma app, Dr Micklewright demonstrates how the Smart Peak Flow app uses a smaller peak flow device to record peak flow in the app, via Bluetooth, or by connecting to the phone jack of a mobile device. The app allows users to monitor their peak flow over time, and gives recommendations based on their peak flow data:
Click here to read ORCHA's review of Smart Peak Flow on the COVID-19 App Library.
ORCHA COVID-19 App Formulary: Where can patients and health & care workers find asthma apps to help during the COVID-19 crisis? Dr Micklewright explains how ORCHA's free COVID-19 App Library provides a helpful resource for accessing key apps during the pandemic:
We're delighted to have already seen great interest in our dedicated COVID-19 App Library, and hope it continues to help professionals, patients and service users alike!
Visit the site and discover apps to help you, your patients, or your service users, at covid19.orcha.co.uk
To get your free three month ORCHA Pro Account: visit the site, click the 'Sign Up' button in the top right-hand corner, and use the upgrade code BEATCOVID19
If you already have an ORCHA Pro Account linked to your organisation’s Health & Care App Library, you will also be able to see the apps featured in the COVID-19 Formulary. The relevant apps will feature a clear 'COVID-19' banner in your Library.