If not managed correctly, asthma can lead to symptoms including chest tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing. The management of asthma involves preventative medications and the avoidance of triggers in cases of allergic asthma; however, this cannot prevent attacks entirely. The development of wearable devices that are capable of detecting breathing problems as they occur and warning the patient could reduce the incidence of attacks and the associated healthcare costs.
ADAM by Health Care Originals
The Automated Device for Asthma Management (ADAM) is a wearable asthma management system. It consists of a patch that the user sticks to the front or back of their torso and an app. The sensor is designed to detect any breathing problems by measuring heart rate, respiration, breathing sounds such as wheezing, and coughing. If it detects any issues, it sends an alert to an app on the user’s smartphone to allow them to take action before a full attack develops. The app tracks data over time, can share data with a physician, and can send alerts and reminders to take medication.