breathe: A mobile asthma self-management application for consumers

Personal Health Information Technology
2012 - 2014


Sponsored by the Ontario Lung Association (OLA) and through investment from Canada Health Infoway’s Consumer Health Solutions Program, the University Health Network’s Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, OLA, clinical leads from Western University, Queen’s University, and TELUS Health Solutions worked collaboratively to develop a system to enhance asthma self-monitoring and self-management by integrating asthma data repositories with personal health records and the breathe application, a novel mobile health app that can provide the opportunity for people with asthma to engage in their individualized treatment plans in hopes of leading to better asthma control

Through consumer engagement, recognizing key elements of asthma and chronic disease self-management with clinical experts, as well as leveraging current mobile technology, it is envisioned that breathe will enable a person with asthma access to personal health information ‘on-the-go’ empowering them to self-manage anywhere, anytime. Furthermore, integrating with asthma clinics forms a collaborative environment between the individual, caregivers, and providers.


Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases and self-management has been a key element in maintaining asthma control for better health outcomes. Self-management can be achieved by providing patients electronic access to their asthma related personal health information, asthma action plan and educational tools. A set of web-based mobile asthma tools have been developed to empower patients to manage the disease on a daily basis. The proposed tools may be helpful in increasing adherence to recommended self-care practices, improving self-efficacy and enhancing the overall patient experience.

Sponsored by the Ontario Lung Association and through investment from Canada Health Infoway’s Consumer Health Solutions Program, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at UHN, TELUS Health Solutions, and clinician-researchers from University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University have worked collaboratively to design, develop, and evaluate an innovative mobile application for asthma self-monitoring and self-management. It is envisioned that a user-center designed application will enable individuals with asthma to access their personal health information and electronic health record.

breathe includes features such as daily and weekly symptom assessment, access to a patient’s personalized self-management asthma action plan, medication information, rich visualization of user data for review and trend analysis, and alerting functions to warn users of changes in their care plan and/or environmental factors that may affect their disease management.

Funding Agencies

Canada Health Infoway

Ontario Lung Association

Project Sponsor

Ontario Lung Association



Ontario Lung Association

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network

Queen’s University

Western University

TELUS Health Solutions

For more information about this project, contact:

Melanie Yeung