Advocating change for all people with allergy and airways diseases for 30 years




08 April 2015
- Digital Health

MyAirCoachAsthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in Europe, but if affects each patient differently. MyAirCoach project seeks to merge mobile health potential to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare with the daily needs of chronic asthma patients. The project counts on an Advisory Patient Forum (APF), a group of expert patients involved in the development of myAirCoach.

Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation framework programme, MyAirCoach aims to develop a patient-friendly, sensor-based tool to collect clinical, environmental and behavioural data relating to the patient.

The project stands for “Analysis, modelling and sensing of both physiological and environmental factors for the customized and predictive self-management of Asthma” as the place where patients live, work, the weather, season, age and even emotions (for example work-related stress) impact the disease symptoms.

Asthma changes constantly along with patients’ life, making it compulsory to adjust treatments accordingly. MyAirCoach measurements serve as the basis for a digital model that will enable the medical and research community to make accurate predictions of the patient’s disease progression.

The project is led by the “Centre for Research and Technology Hellas” (Thessaloniki, Greece) that is working together with three research centres, three academic organisations, four private small and medium enterprises and two patient organisations.

EFA’s Involvement

EFA coordinates the dissemination of myAirCoach activities and promotes findings and results among patients and the general public. Relevant dissemination material includes themyAirCoach project leaflet and myAirCoach journalistic description

EFA also co-chairs a Patient Representatives Board and co-hosts a dedicated Advisory Patient Forum (APF) together with EFA member Asthma UK. The APF is formed by volunteer patients who are in continuous communication with the researchers. This forum ensures that patients’ needs are taken into account for the entire project to assure the disease management models address users’ specific needs and will be understandable for its lay target group.

EFA activities on myAirCoach have been the following: 

Please visit MyAirCoach website and Twitter to follow date-to date information on the project.