HomeBase Asthma Medical Device for Decision-Support and Symptom Control

The home environment is essential to the prevention, control, and treatment of asthma. The overarching goal of this program of research is to reduce asthma exacerbations (attacks), reduce healthcare costs of emergency department use and hospitalizations for asthma, and increase the quality of life through symptom-free days for asthma sufferers.  The purpose of this project is to create a novel medical device design and prototype to support home-based, self-care decisions for the asthma population.

The specific aims for this proposal are as follows:

  • Design personal peak flow meter monitor/sensor prototype, with smartphone decision support interface, for asthma action plan implementation (year 1)
  • Determine if prototype is substantially equivalent to existing home-use peak flow meter product(s) in laboratory study (year 1)
  • Plan pilot study to determine of the device is substantially equivalent to existing home-use peak flow meter product(s) in human subjects (year 1)
  • Draft FDA IDA application for clinical pilot of developed device (year 1)
  • Draft IRB application for clinical pilot of developed device (year 1)
  • Design personal ambient air pollution monitor/sensor prototype, with smartphone decision support interface, specific to multi-pollutant asthma triggers in indoor and outdoor air (year 2)
  • Design the smartphone app to pull local National Weather Service air quality data for days and times when personal readings are made (year 2).