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Modern Healthcare | Preventing readmissions: Is there an app for that?

“Physicians traditionally rely on COPD patients to tell them if their condition is worsening, even though many patients are unaware of a gradual decline in their condition or forget to track patterns that may cause an attack, said Dr. William Ellert, chief medical officer for the Arizona Care Network. The app ‘is another tool for gathering information to have patients (gain) insight into their own health,’ Ellert said. ‘It’s basically an extension of our clinical ability.’”

MedCity News | 6 tools needed to make ‘consumer driven healthcare’ more than a buzzword

“Through the increasing use of technology to passively collect data, these solutions typically make it easier and more fun for consumers to optimize their health as well as get critical information to their clinician. While many players in the market today will end up being interesting tools or features – not companies – a few such as Omada (pre-diabetes), and Propeller Health (asthma and COPD) have the potential to become leading proprietary platforms.”

Pathfinder Blog | Propeller Health’s journey to address COPD and Asthma via a Connected Device

“So in todays increasingly medical app world you’re probably asking, well what if there was an app accessible from any smartphone that could receive personalized feedback and education on ways to improve your asthma control or COPD status? Check out this awesome presentation and Q/A with David Van Sickle, as he covers Propeller Health’s journey to address COPD with hardware and software enabled by wireless technology.”

Tilt the Windmill | Apple’s next trick

“The ways we’re finding to measure health from our pockets are astonishing. Take, for example, Asthmapolis (now Propeller Health), which attached GPS trackers to asthma inhalers to build a map of respiratory triggers and correlate it with city pollution.” – Alistair Croll, author of Lean Analytics

HHS | Sebelius Remaks at Health Datapalooza V

Before I close, I wanted to share one more example with you about the value of data to public health – because it’s timely today: In 2011, we collaborated with the EPA to provide our local partners with data on both air quality and asthma hospitalizations.  A local health official can now look at an overlay of these datasets, and make data-driven decisions on how to target their resources.

Now, those of you who are Palooza veterans may recall the story of one of our past participants, David Van Sickle. He figured out that that if you put a GPS device on an asthma inhaler, that patients and their doctors can better track and manage their Asthma. David founded a company that was originally called Asthmapolis, and is now called Propeller Health. I bring these examples up, because just yesterday, EPA announced its clean power plan, which is projected to prevent as many as 150,000 asthma attacks among America’s children. So, all these things are connected,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Press Releases

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.

Propeller Health Receives New FDA Clearance for Next Generation Propeller Platform

New low-energy sensor eliminates charging, while enhanced analytics identify worsening patients

MADISON, Wis. World Asthma Day – May 6, 2014 – 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 latest generation of the Propeller platform, including a new sensor.

Asthmapolis Relaunches as Propeller Health to Advance Broader Respiratory Mission

Name change coincides with announcement of new apps and sensors for COPD, new data on outcomes

MADISON, Wis. September 10, 2013 – Asthmapolis, the FDA-cleared mobile health solution for chronic respiratory disease, today announced the company is changing its name to Propeller Health. The Propeller platform is designed to help patients and their physicians better understand and control respiratory disease to reduce preventable emergency room visits, hospitalizations and unnecessary suffering.