While we await studies that provide definitive evidence of the benefit of written asthma action plans alone, substantial evidence supports the use of such plans as part of asthma self-management programs.2,4 Nonetheless, current clinical practice often does not meet the standards set by national guidelines. In a study of patients with acute asthma in an ED, only 26% of adults had received a written action plan prior to presentation.11 Only 34.2% of people with asthma in the United States interviewed in the National Health Interview Survey reported being given a written asthma action plan. Indeed, only 48% of patients in the well-educated population in the current study had received such a plan. How can we make the provision of action plans a part of our regular clinical practice? Here, information and communication technology may come to our aid. Asthma action plans can be downloaded from the NHLBI website (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/asthma/asthma_actplan.pdf). Asthma action plans can also be developed for incorporation into electronic medical records to be given to the patient on discharge from the hospital, ED, and outpatient clinic. This requires forethought and planning but once incorporated into practice can become routine. Guidelines suggest targeting high-risk populations, such as patients with moderate or severe asthma, a history of frequent exacerbations, or poorly controlled asthma.4 Telemanagement may improve our ability to provide updated action plans in response to patients’ self-monitoring.12 The data now exist to support the incorporation of written asthma action plans into clinical practice as part of an asthma education program. The study by Patel et al6 suggests this may improve patient medication adherence and satisfaction with both asthma control and medical care.