Digital asthma: re-imagining primary care

Exploring how the NHS can better use data and digital to
re-imagine the management of asthma in primary care

Asthma is a unique and highly prevalent condition with a significant call on NHS resources. This burden is largely felt in primary care, where 85% of people with asthma are solely managed, and where most routine and acute care of asthma happens.

Given the size and nature of the asthma population, the unmet need, and the strength of the evidence for asthma self-management, asthma is a compelling case for investment in technology-enabled asthma management. This report is designed to highlight what can be done right now in systems, highlighted by specific case studies and how they could be scaled across primary care throughout the UK.

Key areas explored through the report include:

  • Data sharing across the NHS
  • Overhauling the asthma review process
  • Digital-First Primary care for Asthma
  • Digital Personalised Asthma Action Plans
  • Improving asthma self-management

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Key recommendations

Asthma is an exemplar condition for digitally-enabled care. The better utilisation of data and incorporation of new technologies into primary care for effective self-management holds significant promise for the delivery of an improved approach to asthma management. This report recommends:

  1. Health professionals should continue to invest, adopt and embrace digital platforms that allow for asthma reviews to be conducted remotely prioritising at-risk groups
  2. Ensure each person with asthma has a digital copy of their personalised asthma action plan available and is updated at each review
  3. Each PCN should look to invest in data expertise and anticipatory care infrastructure (risk stratification) to allow for the interrogation of local QoF data, clinical systems and patient records to identity asthma patients with poor control or greater severity.
  4. PCNs should each appoint a respiratory lead to drive improvements in services for people with asthma