Personalized asthma guidance for patients and healthcare providers, instantly and at the point of care
The eAMS was developed by a group of researchers at the University of Toronto in collaboration with patients, family doctors, asthma educators, and respiratory specialists. In over a decade of work, each part of the system was carefully and systematically designed, built, and tested. Over 20 scientific articles related to the eAMS have been published along the way. Finally, in a clinical study, the eAMS was proven to significantly improve patient care in real-world family practice clinics.
Our system engages patients with asthma to complete a pre-visit questionnaire through our web portal or app, and processes this information to give providers guideline-based advice personalized to each individual patient, through easy-to-use prompts built into their electronic medical record system. The eAMS also creates a self-management solution called an asthma action plan, which patients can access through their app or web portal anytime, anywhere. This empowers patients to self-manage their asthma, improving their symptoms and helping them to avoid asthma flare-ups and urgent healthcare visits.
The Electronic Asthma Management System gives us the information that we need, when we need it, and provides us with evidence based decision support. Having patients fill out online questionnaires which automatically populate into their charts is a real time saver. The built in action plan generator helps ensure that there is an appropriate action plan and that patients know how to use it. This is a practical, intuitive tool that can really help optimize our care of patients with asthma.
The providers that have used it have had incredibly positive experiences, they found it very easy to use and were quite surprised at how many patients had recommended medication changes. It’s a very well-designed application and it requires quite a minimal effort on the provider's part but it has quite significant positive implications when it comes to quality of care for patients.
eAMS has been an amazing asset for our program. Both myself and the Pharmacist on the team have been lucky enough to use eAMS for the past year. We have found it very user friendly for both patients and healthcare professionals. It helps us ensure our patients are aware of their asthma triggers and have a readily available asthma action plan allowing them to be more pro-active with their own asthma management and to feel they have more control over their asthma. Also, because eAMS is continuously updated when asthma guidelines and medications available change, you always get the most recent recommendations.
eAMS increases a patient’s awareness of their asthma symptoms and empowers them to be proactive in self-management. Furthermore, when patients complete the eAMS questionnaire at regular intervals, clinicians are better able to manage poorly controlled asthma in a timely manner. Having eAMS automatically generate an asthma action plan tailored to the patient’s current treatment regimen is an immense time saver and clinicians are ensured that the plan is developed based on the latest recommendations.
The eAMS was developed and tested without any private industry funding.