Connected Asthma

Zudu have been working with QIoT Connected Healthcare since 2021 to help them create and further develop the pioneering Connected Asthma solution which includes patient-facing mobile apps and a super admin panel for healthcare practitioners. The system additionally anonymises patient data to protect patients’ privacy while contributing to valuable research that is helping doctors understand and treat asthma more effectively. QIoT Connected Asthma was shortlisted for Best Use of Technology in Healthcare at the Herald Digital Transformation Awards 2022.

Processes: UX, Design, Development, Launch, ASO, Managed Resource

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Project Brief

QIoT first approached Zudu in March 2021 as they were looking for a software agency to build a bespoke mobile app for iOS and Android that was able to work with their connected, smart asthma inhalers by allowing data to travel between the connected device and the apps, as well as accommodating for instances of poor signal or the user being offline by accurately syncing data as soon as the internet connection was restored.

The design process began around April and approximately 7-8 months later version 1.0 of the apps was released to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Around the same time, the admin panel was also made live. As QIoT Connected Healthcare were working directly with the NHS, the app was initially available for closed testing before being rolled out publicly.

This industry-leading project aimed to provide healthcare practitioners with accurate historical information about individuals and groups of patients, help doctors spot patterns in symptoms and behaviours, prescribe better treatment plans for patients that will improve their quality of life, as well as reduce the amount of contact time required between patients and doctors and allow patients to be seen more quickly and treated for their symptoms sooner (reducing NHS backlogs).

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Following phase one, Zudu continued working with QIoT to continuously improve the apps and develop new features based on user feedback. Less than a year later, the app received additional funding which allowed phase two to commence in full by using Zudu’s Managed Resource model which provided a full-time dedicated team to the project and fast-tracked the development process.

Having worked with Zudu for over a year, QIoT’s CEO, Frank Quinn, took part in a phone interview with Clutch to talk about his experience of working with us on this project. See the interview highlights below:

Q: What challenge were you trying to address with Zudu?

A: We’re involved in the IoT healthcare sector, where we remotely monitor patient health. We send that data back to the patient’s healthcare authorities to help support clinical utility and patient self-management. Zudu interacted with us by developing our bespoke app, which has many functionalities.

Q: How did you come to work with Zudu?

A: I found them through a Google search and looked at reviews. We did a few exploratory calls with them, and they had already covered the area we were working in, so we felt confident because they had the industry experience. We have a national health service in the UK, and they’re our clients. Zudu had worked with them before, which gave us confidence that they understood our client.

Q: What did you find most impressive about [Zudu]?

A: They are very dynamic in their approach and don’t shy away from any challenge, which is decent in today’s society. Their team does what they say they will do with outstanding follow-through.


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Solution Challenges & Summary

The main challenge of the project was to make the data useful to medical teams, as well as create an interface that was easy for patients to use, and not overly detailed as this would be a barrier to entry we did not want to create. While medics have extensive knowledge, there is no standardised way to assess the symptoms an asthma patient is describing, especially as most symptoms may have unique triggers (including location, weather, time of year, etc.) for that specific patient.

Alongside this, the impact symptoms have on patients will vary significantly as each person will assess against their own past experiences, which of course will not be the same across a population. The combination of these factors can result in sub-optimal treatment of asthma, with particularly vulnerable patients being at a bigger risk of adverse effects and even hospitalisation following incorrect treatment. As we gathered more data from test use cases, we were able to spot patterns that guided our initial design plans, as well as steering the development process.

The admin panel specifically is designed for medical professionals and helps simplify and anonymise the data provided by users while still providing key figures, statistics, and summaries for at-a-glance and detailed analysis of results.

The mobile apps, on the other hand, were created with the patient in mind – adding colours, graphics, and large accessible buttons to aid the user experience – making the app more fun and using elements of gamification to keep users engaged without feeling burdened by having to record their medical data on a daily basis.

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