Digital health: key resources

We have compiled a selection of resources, reports and organisations, designed to help professionals working in digital health

What do people with asthma think about mHealth?

The myAirCoach project aims to develop an asthma monitoring system using personalised mHealth, and is funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. Asthma UK has helped facilitate surveys and focus groups of people with asthma and their healthcare professionals to inform the development of this system – the results of which form one of the project’s publicly-available deliverables.

myAirCoach: Public deliverable 1.2 - User requirements, use cases, UCD methodology and final protocols of evaluation studies (2015)

What areas of digital technology could help transform asthma?

Asthma UK: Smart Asthma report (2017)

Our Smart asthma report highlights the opportunity for smart inhalers to support people in managing their asthma, and the requirements for widespread adoption of smart inhalers in the context of the NHS.

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Asthma UK: Connected Asthma report (2016)

Our Connected asthma report highlights how asthma is ideally placed to be transformed by technology and considers some of the developing innovations – from smart inhalers, wearables and health apps through to predictive algorithms to identify those people most at risk of an asthma attack.

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What evidence is there on self-management for asthma?

The National Institute for Health Research commissioned a systematic overview of the evidence on self-management support for 14 long-term conditions, including asthma. This involved quantitative meta-reviews and qualitative meta-reviews of the evidence on self-management, with the results showing that asthma has one of the best evidence bases.

A rapid synthesis of the evidence on interventions supporting self-management for people with long-term conditions: PRISMS - Practical systematic Review of Self-Management Support for long-term conditions (2014)

What studies have assessed health apps in asthma?

Two systematic reviews have considered a number of available apps and the research evidence of their use. They highlight that there are substantial quality issues around apps developed in recent years, and variability in their clinical effectiveness.

The evolution of mobile apps for asthma: an updated systematic assessment of content and tools (2015)

The use of mobile applications to support self-management for people with asthma: a systematic review of controlled studies to identify features associated with clinical effectiveness and adherence (2016)

Additional guidance

Additional reports

Other organisations

  • NESTA - Nesta is an innovation foundation with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life

  • Digital Health and Care Alliance (DHACA) - DHACA is a non-profit sector-led organisation that furthers the cause of digital health and care systems in the UK and Europe, championing scalability and interoperability

  • MedCity - MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, and UCL Partners. Launched in April 2014 to promote and grow the world-leading life sciences cluster of England’s greater south east, it is promoting life sciences investment, entrepreneurship and industry in the region

  • Innovate UK - Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. They work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

  • The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research - The Farr Institute is part of the UK’s vision to become a global leader in health data science by accelerating the understanding of disease and improving health and care for patients and the public.

  • Organisation for the Review of Care & Health Applications (ORCHA) - ORCHA’s main purpose is to carry out independent and impartial reviews of health and care related apps and to present this information clearly through its website and professional platforms