We talked about setting up your SpiroHome Personal here, now it is time to learn how to use it.
Setting up the application
Once you download the SpiroHome app from the App Store, the Google Play Store, or the Huawei AppGallery onto your mobile phone, open up the app. Tap Get Started. Then, tap Pair Device. Tap Find My Spirometer on the next screen after turning your SpiroHome Personal on by pressing the button on the device. The app then will search for your SpiroHome Personal and will show you a code to check with the one on the back of your spirometer. If the code is correct, tap Pair Spirometer. Your spirometer is now connected to the app. Tap Okay to continue with setting up your account.
Setting up an account
Once your spirometer is connected, now you need to register an account. Put in your e-mail and set up your password, then tap Register. Put in your name and surname on the next screen, and tap Save. The next screens will ask you for your birth sex, birth date, weight, height, and ethnicity in this order. These are required for the calculation of your predicted values (if your predicted scores are really low and what you blow is a lot higher, please be sure that you put in this information correctly). Put in all your information and keep tapping Save. Lastly, if you have a diagnosed lung condition, choose it from the list and tap Save again.
Now you will see the main screen of the app (you should see a notification saying Spirometer Connected on the top of the app screen if your spirometer is still on).
If you ever forget your password, you can follow the steps below:
1. Click the Forgot Password button located on the Login screen.
2. Enter the email address you used at registration and click the Send button.
3. Check your email and follow the instructions given in the email you received.
Starting a session
You will see an Add button on the bottom of your screen. Tap on it to start testing. A screen will come on that contains information you need to know before testing, after reading it, tap I Understand, Proceed. The next screen will show you a video, you can see the correct form for the next steps. Watch the video and proceed.
Put your spirometer onto a flat surface for the zero flow process and tap Start the Process. Don't touch your spirometer during the process. When it is completed, the app will take you to the testing screen. Read the instructions on the screen and complete the trial. Don't forget to keep blowing until you hear the beep even if you don't feel like any air is coming out. You will see your trial result on the next screen, rest for 20 seconds and tap Perform Another Trial, then Add Trial.
One session includes a minimum of three and a maximum of eight trials, according to the Standardization of Spirometry 2019 Update (American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society). You can get the A session grading only by completing at least three trials. When you are done with your session, tap Finish Test Session. Here you can check out your results. Tap Return to Main Menu when you are done.
If you happen to need to delete your test data, you can delete your trial data right after adding a trial by tapping Delete Trial. But you cannot delete a train after a new trial is started. Finished test results also cannot be deleted.
After you use your SpiroHome Personal for a while, you can check out your lung trends on the Trend page located at the bottom of the screen, next to the Home tab.
You can choose the parameter you would like to check out (PEF, FVC, FEV1), and choose the time period you would like to see (weekly, monthly, yearly). You can see your best values, your averages, or your worst values.
On this tab, you can see information related to virtual tests, and share the information with your doctor by tapping the button on the What is Virtual Spirometry? section.
This is a feature of SpiroCloud (which we will get to in the future in our product guide series). Your doctor can walk you through your spirometry session online by using SpiroCloud.
Here you can see your Profile and all your personal information, and change them when needed. You can watch the How to Test? video again, set up a Reminder for Virtual Spirometry, a Pulmonary Function Test, or a Medicine.
On the Settings screen, you can see your device's serial number and connection status. You also can synchronize your data when needed.
Lastly, you can turn Tidal Start on or off on the Settings screen.
Next on our series, we will be taking a look at the results screen. Until then, click here to learn more about SpiroHome Personal, and here to read the Tezcan family's experience with it.