Team Members: Charvi Shetty, Vinidhra Mani, Jay Kumar
Capstone Client: John Hixson, M.D. Clinical Neurologist, Assistant Professor at UCSF; Pulmonary Function Test Lab, UCSF Medical Center
Purpose: Asthma, a disorder causing airway constriction, affects 34.1 million people in the United States. Asthma is a degenerative, heterogeneous disorder with varied triggers. Clinically, asthma is subject to grossly generalized treatments. Through extensive needs finding, the Capstone team identified a need for a non-invasive, consistent monitoring of a patient’s asthmatic flares to inform specific courses of treatment. The team introduced an in-home, portable asthma monitoring device with components for airflow and chemical measurement.