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Breath of Fresh Air: How Smartphones Can Help Asthma Sufferers

As smartphones become ubiquitous, several companies are taking advantage of these portable computers to track when and where people with asthma need their medication.

The data collected by the smartphones are giving researchers a clearer overall picture of asthma attacks and inhaler use, which, in turn, could allow researchers to map out the areas linked to respiratory disease and even reveal some of the underlying triggers of asthma symptoms.

Why ResearchKit Is the Most Exciting Thing Apple Announced Yesterday

Apple announced several things yesterday, but ResearchKit, the company’s new medical research and health platform, is clearly the technology with the most potential to actually improve people’s lives. Services like it are already at work around the globe, helping doctors and patients manage symptoms and improve health. Here’s why it’s important, and how it could actually change health care for the better.

High-Tech Asthma Inhaler Now Available In North Texas

A new Bluetooth inhaler is improving treatment and reducing asthma attacks for North Texas kids.

For 10-year-old Mercedes Jones, just a few minutes in the North Texas air could restrict her breathing. The changing weather can trigger a serious asthma attack.

Popular Science | Medical Inhalers to Track Where You Are Where You Puff

“While this technology has absolute value to the individual … that same person if informed by a thousand other inhaler events would have more value,” says Ted Smith, chief of civic innovation for the Louisville metro government. Louisville, guided by Smith, has passed out 500 Propeller Health inhalers to the city’s residents. “If I know you live or work in a [problem] area … I may up the dose of your maintenance medication. I may have a nurse call you and check in on you because I know you’re in a potentially more hazardous zone. You wouldn’t know that if you only had one patient’s data.” For 13 months, Louisville collected the frequency, time and location of 5,400 uses. Next year, Louisville will be doing a similar initiative with 10,000 inhalers.

Forbes | Where Will Healthcare’s Data Scientists Find The Rich Phenotypic Data They Need?

“Over time, I suspect, the distinction between some of these approaches may disappear as wearable data increasingly become part of the EMR, and are obtained more regularly in prospective academic studies, and eventually, in pharma studies, like this recently announced Boehringer Ingelheim/Propeller Health pilot.”


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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).

Propeller Health CEO to Present at Health Datapalooza V

MADISON, Wis. – June 2, 2014 – Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, today announced CEO David Van Sickle, PhD, will be a featured panelist at Health Datapalooza V, taking place June 2-3 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Propeller Health Launches Inhaler Technique Coaching via Helpouts by Google

Company expands digital health platform and services to include real-time video consultations

SAN DIEGO, Cal. American Thoracic Society International Conference (ATS 2014) – May 21, 2014 – Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, today announced the company will offer inhaler technique coaching via Helpouts by Google.