Recording observations of daily living to improve the care of adults living with asthma and depression

The Foundation's program, Project HealthDesign: Rethinking the Power and Potential of Personal Health Records, was designed to expand a vision of personal health records and encourage the market to develop products that meet the diverse needs of patients. The purpose of this project is to design a personal health record (PHR) application, BreathEasy, building on the latest clinical guidelines for treatment and self-monitoring for patients with asthma and depression. In the BreathEasy project, the Research Triangle Institute and the Family Medicine Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will design a PHR application drawing on research indicating that increased physical activity may be beneficial for patients dealing with both diseases. Patients will interact with the application through smartphone mobile devices that capture Observations of Daily Living (ODLs) such as use of controller and rescue medications, symptom levels, smoking and quality of life measures. Other information such as spirometry results, allergens, and air pollutants will be captured through biomonitors. Continued use of the BreathEasy system will lead to better satisfaction with care; better awareness of asthma symptoms and mood; better understanding of triggers on the part of patients and clinicians; and better communication between patient and clinician. Deliverables include an iterative user-centered design engaging patients and clinicians recruited from VCU clinics, a personal health record using the open source Android platform for mobile devices, and a Web-based dashboard providing simple analysis and visualization tools.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $480,000.00

Awarded on: 11/17/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2012

Grant Number: 67162


Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

3040 East Cornwallis Road
P.O. Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709-2194


Barbara Leah Massoudi
Project Director


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