I’ve been sharing my experience using the BreatheSmart system with HeroTracker sensors for managing our daughter’s asthma, you can find my most recent updates here and here. I just wanted to write up a brief conclusion of my partnership with Cohero Health on this new system for teaching kids and teens to be responsible and proactive in their asthma disease course.
It’s a great tool to really enforce good habits with their medication schedule. The reminder notifications through the app can be instrumental in helping kids develop their own internal reminders and get them used to dosing on their own, as well as allowing caretakers to look on and be sure they’re adhering properly. The technology created for this system is such a valuable resource for many families who struggle with this disease. It’s also incredibly easy to use.
For us personally, our daughter is only 5 and doesn’t yet self-carry her meds or have a cell phone, but I have found that it will continue to be a useful companion to help us as parents stay on track, as well as provide a visual for her to start developing her own management skills. More than anything, it has given us a conversation starter with her in a way that educates her further on something that will likely be a lifelong journey for her.
As adults with asthma, both my husband and I, it’s amazing to see technology like this available to families in a way that we didn’t have available when we were in our adolescent years. I was lucky to even remember to take my inhaler with me most days (sad, but true), let alone having someone or something to assist me in getting into better habits.
We have much more to learn about her health and her disease. While there’s no cure for asthma, Cohero Health is certainly providing a way to ease some of the burden on both ours and our children’s shoulders. I am so grateful to have partnered with them on this campaign and would love for you check them out over at http://coherohealth.com/breathesmart for more information.