These apps all have different features and tools. Some of them provide healthcare professionals with the point of care resources, calculators, and medical guidelines. Other help patients manage their respiratory and pulmonary conditions and stay informed and engaged in their health care.
Here, we listed some of the best apps for pulmonary and respiratory conditions.
theChestReg app is an essential resource for pulmonary and respiratory medicine designed for all healthcare professionals but particularly focusing on providers practicing pulmonary medicine.
The app is designed as a handbook split into three sections, including Diseases, Clinic Presentations/diagnostic workup, and Procedures.
Sections contain clear concise and well-referenced information provided mainly as a memory aid to be used at the point of care. The app also contains the major respiratory calculators and formula.
theChestReg app is available only on iOS for $4.99.
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CHEST app helps pulmonologists and other healthcare professionals, as well as medical students, expand their knowledge of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.
It provides users with the latest news and discovery, clinical information, review topics and cases regarding respiratory and pulmonary diseases.
Medical students can also use this app as a great resource for the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine board review examination preparation.
Chest app is available on both Android and iOS devices for free.
AsthmaM app is designed primarily for patients and their families allowing them to log their asthma activity, asthma triggers, peak flows, and medications they use to keep asthma under control.
The app is made in a form of a diary and color graph charts that can be later shared with their physicians.
The main goal of AsthmaMD app is to help researchers better understand what triggers the asthma attacks, which may have a great impact in advancing asthma research.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android.
The COPD Pocket Consultant Guide app is an interactive version of the popular Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) intended for healthcare professionals.
The app includes the two most recommended COPD patient assessment questionnaires, COPD Assessment Test (CAT) and the mMRC, along with a full patient assessment, which is the current recommended method for determining which medications should be prescribed to COPD patient, where users can input symptom scores, spirometry information and exacerbation history.
It should be noted, however, that the CAT is owned by GlaxoSmithKline and it is only available via this app which is sponsored by Big Pharma and the COPD Foundation.
The app is currently available only on iOS.
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Propeller Health App
Propeller Health is a FDA-cleared app that works with asthma and COPD inhalers to help people who have this conditions understand their symptoms and gain control.
The app uses sensors that simply clip onto inhalers and then determine when patients use their inhalers and send this information to the Propeller Health app.
The app generates personalized insights and reminders to keep patients on track. According to the app's creators, Propeller Health users experience more symptom-free days and up to 79% fewer asthma attacks.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS devices, including Apple Watch.
Bronch+ is a bronchoscopy training app developed by American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), featuring five short scenarios, designed for the interactive learning of bronchial procedures.
These scenarios include introduction to the program and overview of EBUS bronchoscopy procedures, four types of TBNA (transbronchial needle aspiration) techniques, CT image interpretation, twelve steps to successfully performing the EBUS technique, and guide on how to handle samples for biomarking safely and appropriately.
The users can add text or audio notes to each scenario.
The app is available only on iOS for $4.99.
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ACCP Radiology Cases App
ACCP Radiology Cases app is another interactive app developed by ACCP. It features 18 interactive case-based scenarios with relevant pathology-related images.
Each case includes patient histories, relevant physical exam findings, pertinent lab data, and associated radiologic images, and concludes with one to two exam questions, answer rationales, and references.
ACCP Radiology Cases app is designed to stimulate and challenge the clinician's thought processes regarding interpretation and problem-solving skills in radiology.
The app is available on iOS for $4.99.
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Lung Nodule App
Lung nodules are common findings on chest CT that can be discovered during low dose CT lung cancer screening or incidentally by diagnostic chest CT.
Lung Nodule app is developed as a quick, easily accessible resource for health care professionals, especially radiologists who interpret body CT to help them triage the appropriate follow up or workup, using ACR LungRADS for screening and Fleischner criteria for incidental nodules.
The app has an easy to use interface which allows users to quickly characterize a nodule by answering several questions, including size, density, and change.
The app also provides recommendations for lung cancer screening detected nodules, which are based on ACR LungRADS guidelines.
Lung Nodule app is available on Android and iOS. However, iOS app comes in both free and paid versions, while on Android there's only Pro version that costs $2.99.
Lung Cancer Foundation App
Lung Cancer Foundation app is dedicated to supporting and empowering patients and families living with lung cancer by providing information on the diagnosis process, care and treatment options, patient education videos, patient handbook, information on Community Hospital Centers of Excellence, and a glossary of disease-related terms and information for patients and their caregivers to use during diagnosis, care and treatment.
Lung Cancer Foundation app also allows patient data tracking, and refers patients to ongoing clinical trials and genomic testing.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS devices.