Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions Announce Initial Results for Asthma Health App and New Features to Enhance Clinical Impact

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions, a
digital-health subsidiary of BioTime, Inc., today announced initial
results and new clinical features for their free Asthma
Health app
. Released six months ago, the app enables individuals
with asthma to participate in a large-scale medical research study by
simply using their Apple iPhones. The app’s newest features—the “Doctor
Dashboard” and integration with Epic, the popular electronic health
records (EHR) system—will help enable Asthma Health study participants
to use the app with their physicians.

“We are delighted with the initial results we’ve seen after six months
of using Apple’s ResearchKit framework for our Asthma Health app,” said
Eric Schadt, PhD, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics
at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Founding Director of
the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. “We recruited
and enrolled over 8,600 research participants in our study, remotely via
the Asthma Health app without direct, in-person, contact. The breadth,
depth, and quality of the data we’ve obtained, in one of the largest
real-world epidemiological studies of asthma, has exceeded our
expectations. Our experience demonstrates why mobile apps are
fundamentally transforming medical research.”

“Studying the rich data from thousands of participants, we have found
some preliminary but fascinating patterns regarding the usage of the app
and activity level data collected from surveys and HealthKit. Also, our
patients’ asthma triggers, medication usage, and clinical outcomes are
of great interest,” said Yu-Feng Yvonne Chan, MD, PhD, Director of
Digital Health and Personalized Medicine at the Icahn Institute for
Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai. “Further, many of our
study participants wrote to inform us that the app was serving as more
than a research tool, or an educational tool, but was actually helping
them better understand and manage their condition and feel better
overall. This potential positive impact of our research study on the
participants has inspired our team to introduce new features and
enhancements to the Asthma Health app.”

Corey Bridges, CEO of LifeMap Solutions, explained. “We learned that
some app users were showing their historical health data, as displayed
in Asthma Health, to their doctors, in order to start very
information-rich conversations. Inspired by these stories, we worked
closely with our Mount Sinai colleagues to build an even more useful
feature—the new Doctor Dashboard. Now, the patient just presses a button
in the app and hands their iPhone to their provider. Within seconds, any
provider can get a sense of the patient’s recent asthma condition,
symptom control, and activity. Any patient can show their Doctor
Dashboard to any care provider, anywhere.”

Bridges continued, “We’ve also integrated Asthma Health with Epic, the
popular electronic health records (EHR) system, so that pulmonologists
at Mount Sinai can order and obtain data from the Asthma Health app for
their patients who are using it.”

“At Mount Sinai, we are working with our Respiratory Institute
co-investigators to pilot the integration of data from the Asthma Health
app with our Epic EHR system,” said Dr. Chan. “We believe that the
addition of rich, longitudinal data from our asthma patients into their
electronic health records may be of great value to the pulmonologists
and other clinicians providing care. Over time, we plan to expand this
EHR integration at Mount Sinai.”

Said Bridges, “We’re thrilled and humbled that our research app is being
utilized in this way. We look forward to helping other care providers
and medical centers around the country do the same, to benefit as many
asthma patients as possible. And we’re incorporating the learnings from
Asthma Health into our future digital health apps.”

The Asthma Health app is available for free download
in the Apple App Store
; for more information visit

Other Epic community members can learn more about how LifeMap and Mount
Sinai’s Asthma Health app integrates with the Epic EHR and how they can
leverage the app to collect asthma data from their own patients by
viewing this
on the Epic UserWeb.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed
to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and
advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital
campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive
ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from
community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care
physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers,
over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York
City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community
health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of
Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical
schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News &
World Report.

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About LifeMap Solutions, Inc.

LifeMap Solutions is developing innovative digital health products in
partnership with the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale
Biology, which is located within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
Sinai. LifeMap digital therapeutic solutions integrate health and
wellness information with care team guidance into a secure mHealth
platform that empowers the patient to make better choices to achieve
optimal health outcomes. LifeMap Solutions is a subsidiary of BioTime,
Inc. LifeMap Solutions is headquartered in San Jose, California. For
more information, please visit


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