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How data is helping asthmatics breathe easier

Since 2012, an innovative project in Louisville, Kentucky, has been collecting data on hundreds of the city’s asthmatics by attaching GPS trackers to their inhalers to help residents better manage their asthma, monitor air pollution and shape future public health policies. NewsHour’s Christopher Booker reports as part of a Citi Foundation-funded series called Urban Ideas.

“Smart” Inhalers Are Now Monitoring All The Asthmatics Of Louisville

A new kind of air-monitoring network, courtesy of the people who can’t breathe because the smog is choking them.

Across Louisville, Kentucky, residents are documenting how often and where they use their asthma inhalers. It’s part of AIR Louisville, a program that uses Propeller Health’s sensor-laden inhalers to let residents automatically track where and when they’re having a hard time breathing.

Smart inhalers may help find asthma hotpsots

A high-tech medical study that used “smart” emergency inhalers to identify possible asthma hot spots in Louisville is moving into a second phase after showing it helped patients better control their illness while exploring ties to local air quality.

With a $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil is now signing up local companies to equip some of their employees with the Propeller Health emergency inhalers that track location and frequency of their use. Individuals can also participate.

New Air Quality Gadgets Measure Every Breath You Take

In the Ohio River Valley, where breezes tend to stagnate, Louisville, Kentucky, has long struggled with its dirty air. The region is among the top 15 areas in the United States with the worst particle pollution, thanks to industrial and vehicle emissions. Just this week, it was once again given a failing grade for ozone pollution by the American Lung Association.

Until recently, Louisville residents had few ways of measuring the quality of the air outside their own windows. Traditional, stationary air quality monitors operated by the federal and local government can only measure air on a regional scale. And the breadth of such measurements often masks the nuances of pollutants in smaller municipalities and neighborhoods.

Propeller Health expands Air Louisville public health asthma pilot

Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is expanding its collaboration with the City of Louisville, Kentucky, thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new program, called Air Louisville will allow the city to collect data from sensors attached to 2,000 asthma inhalers, which can then be used for public health purposes.

Chris Hogg, Propeller Health’s chief operating officer, says the program builds on a public-private collaboration Propeller Health (then called Asthmapolis) started with Louisville back in 2012.

Press Releases

FierceMedicalDevices names Propeller Health as one of its “Fierce 15” Med Tech Companies of 2015

Madison, WI – October 14, 2015 – Propeller Health today announced that it has been named by FierceMedicalDevices as one of 2015’s “Fierce 15” Med Tech companies. According to FierceMedicalDevices, Fierce 15 celebrates the spirit of being “fierce” – championing innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition. This is FierceMedicalDevices’ fourth annual […]

Propeller Health Receives FDA Clearance for the Propeller Platform in Association with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Respimat® Inhaler and GlaxoSmithKline’s Diskus® Inhaler

FDA-approved marketing claims of “improved adherence” and “reduction in exacerbations” address key unmet needs in respiratory health MADISON, Wis. – July 22, 2015 – Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance to market its Propeller platform in association with medications using GlaxoSmithKline’s […]

Louisville To Use Technology and Innovation to Reduce Burden of Asthma

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today marks the start of AIR Louisville, the first-of-its-kind data-driven collaboration among public, private and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma. Kentucky has the fourth highest adult asthma prevalence in the US and Louisville consistently ranks among the top 20 “most challenging” cities to […]

Propeller Health Raises $14.5 Million Series B Financing Led by Safeguard Scientifics

Company to scale FDA-cleared digital therapeutic to tackle $100 billion cost of treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Madison, WI and Wayne, PA, September 4, 2014 – Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, today announced that it raised $14.5 million in Series B financing, led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) with participation from Series A investor The Social+Capital Partnership. Propeller Health will use the funding to accelerate product development, strategic alliances, client services, sales and marketing.

Arizona Care Network Is First ACO to Launch Propeller for COPD

Propeller connected health solution now available to Arizona Care Network patients 
with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

MADISON, Wis. & PHOENIZ, Ariz. – July 14, 2014 – Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, and Arizona Care Network, a physician and health system collaboration, jointly announced today that ACN will be the first Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to offer the Propeller platform to its members with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Arizona Care Network was formed through collaboration between two of the state’s largest health care organizations, Dignity Health and Abrazo Health (Tenet).