The digital patient: the future of mobile health for respiratory patients

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Title: The digital patient: the future of mobile health for respiratory patients
Authors: Votis, K
Kikidis, D
Tzovaras, D
Usmani, OS
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The wave of digital health is continuously growing and promises to transform healthcare and optimize the patients’ experience. Asthma is in the center of these digital developments, as it is a chronic disease that requires the continuous attention of both health care professionals and patients themselves. The accurate and timely assessment of the state of asthma is the fundamental basis of digital health approaches and is also the most significant factor toward the preventive and efficient management of the disease. Furthermore, the necessity of inhaled medication offers a basic platform upon which modern technologies can be integrated, namely the inhaler device itself. Inhaler based monitoring devices were introduced in the beginning of the 1980s and have been evolving but mainly for the assessment of medication adherence. As technology progresses and novel sensing components are becoming available, the enhancement of inhalers with a wider range of monitoring capabilities holds the promise to further support and optimize asthma self-management. The current paper aims to take a step for the mapping of this territory and start the discussion among healthcare professionals and engineers for the identification and the development of technologies that can offer personalized asthma self-management with clinical significance. In this direction, a technical review of inhaler based monitoring devices is presented, together with an overview of their use in clinical research. The aggregated results are then summarized and discussed for the identification of key drivers that can lead the future of inhalers.
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2015
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jun-2015
ISSN: 1941-2703
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Start Page: A27
End Page: A27
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
Volume: 28
Issue: 3
Copyright Statement: © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 643607
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Respiratory System
1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology
1115 Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:National Heart and Lung Institute
Airway Disease
Faculty of Medicine

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