The impact of asthma and COPD
Asthma and COPD are chronic respiratory diseases that cause your airways to swell and narrow making it difficult to breathe. Over 50 million people are affected in the United States alone.
In order to relieve symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest tightness, people use a rescue or relief inhaler. People vary in the types of triggers and irritants which cause their symptoms; however asthma and COPD are unique in that people carry their inhaler with them, and use it at the time and place when they are experiencing symptoms.
The time and frequency of your rescue inhaler use is one of the most important signals of your level of asthma control and COPD status. People with uncontrolled respiratory disease are at greater risk of suffering an attack, or worse, ending up in the hospital.
Why Propeller for asthma and COPD?
Experts recommend that people with asthma and COPD keep track of their symptoms, triggers and use of medications. However, remembering to update your diary is tough and it often becomes an inaccurate and incomplete record of your respiratory health over time.
The Propeller sensor keeps track of your medication use for you, with a record of the time and place you have used your inhaler. The sensor is a small device that attaches to the top of your existing inhaler and stays out of your way when you need to use it. It can be used with both rescue and controller medications for tracking symptoms and adherence respectively. The objective data it collects, and the feedback you get as a result, can help you better understand and manage your asthma or COPD!
Wireless and effortless
The Propeller sensor wirelessly syncs with your smart phone using your phone’s built in Bluetooth technology. Pairing the sensor with your phone is an easy, one-time step. Once your sensor is paired, your phone will automatically capture the data from your sensor whenever it is nearby.
The Propeller mobile app for iOS (such as iPhone and iPod Touch) and Android devices allows you to view the data your sensor captures and give you personalized feedback and education on ways to improve your asthma control or COPD status. Plus Propeller automatically keeps a record of your trends including time, date and location of when you use your inhaled medications.
The Propeller mobile app is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store. But to get the most out of the system, we recommend you use the app with the Propeller Sensor. Ask your physician or contact us to find out how to get started!
Closing the loop
Everyone’s respiratory health is different, and the best way for your physician to understand your asthma or COPD is by providing objective data on when and where your symptoms are occurring and how often you take your medication.
Your Propeller data can be easily shared with your physician allowing you to review it together during your office visits. Physicians can use the data to remotely monitor your symptoms and determine when a change in therapy may be needed.