breathe: A mobile asthma self-management application for consumers

Personal Health Information Technology
2012 - 2014

An app for your asthma

Sponsored by the Ontario Lung Association (OLA) and Canada Health Infoway’s Consumer Health Solutions Program
In Collaboration with OLA, Western University, Queen’s University, and TELUS Health Solutions

breathe provides the opportunity for people with asthma to engage in individualized treatment plans to achieve better asthma control, allowing them to self-manage anywhere, anytime. With integration with asthma data repositories, personal health records, and asthma clinics, the system creates a collaborative environment between the individual, caregivers, and providers.

What’s Next?

breathe has completed demonstration evaluation with 400 participants at nine sites across five regions in Ontario. Analysis and results from the evaluation will be published in the near future.


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