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Medical Company Uses Pollution Data to Help Asthma Sufferers

Daniel Elkabetz

The average person takes 23,000 breaths every day. For an asthma sufferer, that can add up to a lot of pain when every breath comes with tightness in the chest, coughing, and wheezing.

There’s a strong link between asthma and air pollution, so strong that in the UK two out of three asthma sufferers say their condition worsens when air quality is low. 

That’s part of the reason why respiratory tech company AIRBRIO is now using BreezoMeter data in their new AIRBRIO® Respiratory Management System and mobile app. They’re helping make connections between a patient’s asthma and the air quality.

The Link between Asthma & Air Pollution

There are nearly 25 million asthma sufferers in the US alone, but as any asthma sufferer will tell you, the symptoms, triggers, and severity is different for everyone. This makes treating asthma as one simple illness not only impossible, but also ineffective.

AIRBRIO is a small electronic device that attaches to an asthma sufferer’s Spacer/ Valved Holding Chamber. When patients use their spacer with an inhaler, AIRBRIO records data on the time, dosage, and inhalation rate, sent directly via Bluetooth to a user’s mobile app.

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It’s a great tool for building data on asthma treatment and helping patients better medicate and manage their asthma. But where does BreezoMeter’s pollution data fit in?

AIRBRIO have now equipped the AIRBRIO® Respiratory Management System and mobile app with pollution data from BreezoMeter. By putting air quality readings together with asthma treatment, they’re building more cohesive data on how pollution can impact a user’s asthma. Matching an asthma sufferer’s symptoms with the current air quality around them, AIRBRIO team can learn more about air pollution’s effect on each unique patient.

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Stay Pollution Informed to Fight Asthma

One reason AIRBRIO chose to work with BreezoMeter is because of how hyperlocal our data is.

Not only do we use government sensor stations to test pollution levels, but we combine that with satellite data, traffic reports, and weather conditions to find pollution levels in the user’s actual location. This feature is key for giving accurate reports on how pollution levels are impacting asthma patients.

But BreezoMeter doesn’t just measure pollution levels – we also examine which pollutants are highest in each area. Whether it’s  ground level ozone, fine dust particles, or allergen causing pollen, our machine learning dispersion algorithm can tell you what the problem is wherever you are.

This is offering good benefits to asthma sufferers and medical professionals alike. If a user’s breathing is worse around certain pollutants, AIRBRIO can now make that connection. This can help alleviate their asthma symptoms in the short and long term.

Easy and Secure Data for Patients

Once AIRBRIO stores the user’s data, the data is kept in a secure Cloud based storage. Users can access their data to show a healthcare practitioner or share with their family, educating them about their condition. AIRBRIO’s data analytics also go to work drawing connections and reporting on trends and potential problems in each patient’s health report. They can use BreezoMeter’s data to offer actionable health care advice to patient’s and healthcare professionals.

The iPhone Asthma App from Mount Sinai & LifeMap Solutions

AirBrio is not the first company dealing with asthma to use our data.

When experts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Lifemap Solutions developed an asthma app of their own, they had two goals. First was to create a personal tool for asthma patients to better understand and treat their condition. Second was to conduct a large-scale study on asthma.

When they needed an air quality data provider for their app, they went with Breezometer because of its global reach, accuracy down to 500m, and its ability to track different kinds of pollutants in the air, including pollen.

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The app has been a huge success, both for the 8,000 patients who used it and for Mount Sinai’s research. Patients have reported using the app as a reminder for medication and self-monitoring, as they compare their own triggers with local pollution levels. This is great news for digital health company and doctors, who can benefit from patients following prescriptions better and engage regularly with their medical devices.

Better Medical Devices with BreezoMeter Data

AIRBRIO’s respiration technology is cutting edge, and will change the way users and their healthcare professionals manage asthma. By incorporating BreezoMeter’s pollution data, they’re now going beyond patient expectations by integrating the valuable information provided along with patient medication data.

By offering users local, relevant air quality data, medical brands can diversify themselves and build customer loyalty, all while doing more for their patients.

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