Asthma Smart App (Asthma⁺me) used in primary care avoids presentation to Emergency Department for 6-year old with severe asthma

Paediatric asthma is an NHS Long-Term Plan priority1 and innovative approaches to managing the increasing number of children with moderate-to-severe asthma are needed. Asthma+me is a comprehensive CE-marked technology-enabled self-care solution for children (6-12yrs) with moderate/severe/difficult asthma.

A new case study reports the instance of a 6-year old boy with severe asthma in whom the use of data generated by Asthma+me gave his GP and parent confidence to monitor the child rather than sending him to the Emergency Department at the local hospital.

Smart inhalers and Health Apps in a digitally evolving NHS have the potential to support self-management of long-term conditions such as asthma at scale2. With Asthma+me supporting families to self-care with wireless medical monitors, Activ8rlives PUFFClickerTM smart tracker for pressurised metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs), medication diaries, trigger alerts for pollution/pollen/weather, symptoms tracking, interactive and printable Care and Action Plans, extensive integrated educational syllabus and weekly reports going directly into their hospital records. This evidence-based integrated solution has been co-designed with a leading NHS paediatrician, to significantly reduce utilisation of NHS services by families of these children.

To obtain a copy of the case study, please request a copy here.

Marcano Belisario JS, Huckvale K, Greenfield G, Car J, Gunn LH. Smartphone and tablet self-management apps for asthma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010013. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010013.pub2.


Support provided by SBRI Healthcare, Innovate UK, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN and NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Children and Young People MedTech Cooperative. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or of the Department of Health and Social Care.

For further details, please contact Jessica Auton on +44 (0)1480 352 821 or email 

3 March 2020