Call for teenagers with asthma to co-design NHS app

The Digital Health Passport app, used to support young people take control of their asthma is calling on 12-25 year olds to support the development of the app.

Due to be rolled out across London to support over 240,000 people, the app is used to create asthma action plans, track symptoms and access NHS support.

Sara Nelson, Deputy Director of Transformation, Children and Young People’s Programme, Healthy London Partnership, said “Part of our work is to improve asthma standards in London and giving young people a voice in the decision making can have a considerable impact for the management of this long-term condition.”

The organisation said young people with asthma action plans in place are four time less likely to go to A&E.

Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition affecting children and young people. In the UK, asthma death rates among young people have stopped improving, making it worse than any other European country.

The app has been commissioned by Healthy London Partnership in collaboration with Tiny Medical Apps. It is being tested at the Royal London and Barts Hospitals and at Chrisp Street Health Centre in Tower Hamlets.

Dr Greg Burch, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Tiny Medical App, said “It’s important that we get as many young people with asthma involved as we can, to help develop the app and feedback about the features they would like to see in the next version.”

Anna King, Commercial Director of Health Innovation Network “This is a great example of how digital innovations can help people take control of their own health.”

“I am delighted that Tiny Medical Apps, a company on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme, is working in partnership with the NHS to deliver best for young asthma patients. Young people are especially used to using apps and digital technology in their everyday life, this partnership shows how healthcare is catching up.”