NHS Wales have recently launched version 2.0. of their respiratory self-management Apps for patients with COPD and Asthma, and parents and carers of children with Asthma, across Wales.
These apps have been developed with, and will continue to be updated by experts in Adult Asthma, Paediatric Asthma and COPD. In addition, a panel of patients have been involved in comprehensive user testing to ensure the apps are real-world compliant.
They are available to download for free on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple). They have both Welsh and English language options.
The purpose of the apps is to support the long-term management of patients with Asthma and COPD, to ensure every patient has a personalised management plan that is clear and easily accessible in emergencies, as well as providing appropriate supplementary advice, education, and support. The apps will also help healthcare professionals as a tool to promote self-management and a reliable resource to which they can signpost patients.
The three respiratory apps are:
The Apps do not replace healthcare advice but offers supplementary information about good asthma and COPD control and empower patients to monitor their condition outside of the healthcare environment.
Healthcare professionals can access information, resources and videos about the apps from the All Wales ICST platform: https://allwales.icst.org.uk/education/introducing-the-nhs-wales-healthhub-apps-2/
ICST host and manage the All Wales ICST Platform, which includes a wide selection of pathways, guidelines, associated educational programmes, TV shows, tutorials, case based assessments, certificates and additional resources, delivered by respiratory experts from across Wales. The All Wales ICST Platform is accessible, for free, to healthcare professionals across Wales: https://allwales.icst.org.uk
To signpost your patients to the app that is suitable to them, follow the links below:
Asthmahub for Parents: https://healthhub.wales/asthmahub-for-parents/