From launch, the AsthmaHealth app can help users identify triggers, monitor air quality, track symptoms, and remind them when it's time to use their inhaler. The goal: Reduce the number of emergency visits for asthma attacks. The makers of the app hope the data will one day be able to predict an oncoming attack before you feel any symptoms. "We're hoping that over the years or however many iterations, we're able to come up with an app that's intelligent enough where a person's biomarkers and blood chemistry could be continually monitored … which would show when a person is heading for trouble," says lead researcher Yvonne Chan, MD, director of personalized medicine and digital health at the Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai.
To participate, you have to have a diagnosis of asthma from a doctor and require regular maintenance medication (mild asthma sufferers don't qualify).