Asthma management uses IoT-enabled devices like smart inhalers to monitor the rate and environmental factors around asthma attacks to better inform users as to how their asthma is being managed, decrease nonadherence to treatment and help users discover the cause of their asthma attacks.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in thirteen Americans suffer from asthma. Nonadherence to long-term asthma treatment plans is between 30 and 70 percent, meaning that many Americans are not properly monitoring their asthma.
Asthma management devices like smart inhalers help asthma sufferers monitor the rate and environmental conditions surrounding their asthma attacks and remind them to take their medications. In more than 15 clinical studies, the Propeller smart inhaler showed a 50 percent increase in medication adherence, leading to a 79 percent reduction in asthma attacks.
Smart inhalers use Bluetooth to detect inhaler use and record usage to a mobile app, to allow users to monitor their asthma. Some devices measure air quality in real-time, sending an alert to users to warn them of potentially dangerous conditions, and recording the environmental factors surrounding asthma attacks.