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Published: July 14, 2014

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).

“As an integrated healthcare delivery network, we are always seeking innovative, evidence- and value-based programs like Propeller that both improve the health and quality of life of our patients and the efficiency of the care we deliver,” said Mark Stephan, MD, Medical Director of Arizona Care Network. “Propeller supports our efforts to provide a more personalized health care experience for our members by enabling us to more effectively sustain and care for patients with COPD in their homes and in the community. It will create new opportunities for us to intervene with patients who may be worsening and heading to a severe exacerbation.”

Propeller is a digital therapeutic designed to help patients and their physicians better understand and control COPD, asthma and other respiratory disease to reduce preventable emergency room visits, hospitalizations and unnecessary suffering. With a novel combination of sensors, mobile apps, analytics and personalized feedback, the system encourages adherence to maintenance therapy and remotely monitors use of rescue medications to predict exacerbations and facilitate early intervention by care teams.

“COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. We’re honored to partner with Arizona Care Network in our first commercial deployment of Propeller for COPD in an ACO,” said David Van Sickle, CEO of Propeller Health. “We look forward to supporting Arizona Care Network physicians and staff in their work to better manage patients with COPD, prevent avoidable hospitalizations, reduce readmission rates and ER visits while achieving better health outcomes.”

ACN members with COPD who wish to enroll in the program can contact their physician, email or call (855) 218-3451.

About Arizona Care Network

Arizona Care Network (ACN) is a physician-led, physician-governed accountable care organization and clinically integrated network that fosters collaboration and improved quality through shared resources, advanced technology and clinical best practices that align with emerging models of care delivery. ACN represents collaboration between Dignity Health, Abrazo Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, three market-leading organizations providing healthcare in Arizona.

Arizona Care Network increases access to high quality care through communication and technology, thus improving health outcomes and providing a superior patient experience. Composed of more than 2,300 physicians, ten acute care hospitals and more than half of all recognized Patient Centered Medical Home models in Arizona, ACN is shaping the future of health care through its progressive models of care delivery.

About Propeller Health

Founded in 2010, Propeller Health provides digital solutions to measurably improve respiratory health. One of the first mobile platforms with FDA-clearance, Propeller combines sensors, mobile apps and predictive analytics to monitor and engage patients, increase adherence and encourage effective self-management. The company partners with integrated delivery systems and health plans seeking new solutions to improve quality measures, strengthen care teams and reduce the cost of care for asthma and COPD, the 5th and 6th most expensive diseases in the US. For more information, visit

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