One in seven New Zealand children have asthma, and respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in New Zealand.
Cure Kids co-funded a trial Professor Ed Mitchell and his team to test the efficacy of a new smart-inhaler, SmartTrack, which uses ringtones as cues to children on asthma medication if they’ve missed a dose. Preventive medication, when taken consistently, improves overall health and reduces the need for reliever medication.
The trial showed, those kids receiving the audio-visual (AV) reminders were three times more likely to comply with their medication than the control group (with the AV reminders turned off); a staggering result. Corresponding improvements in other indicators were also observed.
SmartTrack also has the added benefit of providing detailed feedback to medical practitioners about patterns of use. It is a great tool to improve asthma treatment, and reduce its alarming health statistics. Learn more about SmartTrack.