Sleep, COPD apps developed, tested

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BALTIMORE ­– Doctors at Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep have developed a new mobile app, called MySleep101, to help doctors who are not specially trained better identify patients who might have a chronic sleep disorder, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. The idea: Doctors use the app to diagnose symptoms and refer patients for follow-up care with a sleep specialist. Using the app, doctors can watch short video clips and brief lectures about the most common sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. The app also offers guidance on risk factors, treatment and management strategies for each sleep disorder. It’s available for $3.99 in Apple’s app store…LifeMap Solutions has launched a pilot program for COPD Navigator, an Apple HealthKit-compliant iOS app that helps patients monitor and manage their symptoms, with Mount Sinai. As part of the pilot, LifeMap will work with researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and with COPD experts from the Mount Sinai–National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute. The app tracks symptoms, medication and treatment adherence, and overall quality of life. The data is presented in an easy-to-understand and configurable graph, empowering patients to recognize patterns and send the information to their doctors.