Your patients are not just living longer – they’re living longer with chronic conditions. To make the best of it, they need to be empowered to look after themselves. It just so happens we have an app for that.

Practical Apps is dedicated to giving patients the tools they need to look after their health in collaboration with you, their primary care provider. On your behalf, here we take a critical look at mobile health apps to figure out which can actually help patients and which are just digital snake oil.

Practical Apps

Your one-stop resource for trusted clinical app reviews

Why Practical Apps?


Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network,
on apps, chronic disease and primary care.

The Practical Apps Process


How we choose and review mobile health apps
for common primary health care topics.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Practical Apps #11

Dr. Jeff Ashley

Dr. Jeff Ashley
Toronto, Ontario

Asthma is the most common chronic condition affecting children and the most common reason children are hospitalized. It is estimated that more than 15% of Canadian children have been diagnosed with asthma, nearly double the number of adults with the disease. Treatment guidelines emphasize that the critical first step in asthma management is self-management education. Children are highly unlikely to be motivated to self-monitor and manage their symptoms unless the right incentives are involved.


Practical Apps is a collaboration between the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Primary Care (WIHV).

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