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Multifunctional asthma smartphone app launched

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Asthma Council and Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine recently launched Taiwan's first multifunctional smartphone application designed for asthma patients.

Huang Jing-long, the chairman of the Taiwan Asthma Council, said that this is the first multifunctional application designed to target asthma patients' needs like updates on air quality, asthma control tests, medicine usage recording and reminders to pick up prescription drugs.

The Chinese-language asthma application for smartphones is now available in the Apple Store under the name “悠遊氣喘” and it will soon to be available on Google Play, the online store for apps run on the Android platform. Other language versions are also in the pipeline, the app's creators said.

“A survey showed that a good health education can reduce the chances for children to suffer severe asthma attacks, but over 70 percent of children who are under the age of 12 do not go back to the clinics to have their health condition checked,” said Huang.

Peng Tien-wang of the Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine said that to be able to provide asthma patients a useful application that can provide medical knowledge, it requires a professional doctor who has also done researche on how to develop applications for smartphones.

“Both the Taiwan Asthma Council and Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine invited eight doctors to discuss how to develop an application that can take care of all the needs of asthma patients,” said Peng.

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Kao Hsin-kuo (柯信國), executive secretary-general of the Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, explains the functionality of a smartphone app designed for asthma patients in Taipei, yesterday. (Courtesy of GSK)

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