In the future, technologies can create “smart house” for people living with COPD to deliver 360° patient care.
The convergence of digital technologies and healthcare, or “digital health,” is a hot topic. But what does the term digital health mean for the people living with chronic conditions, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
Helping Patients Find the “New Normal”
We discussed this question with a group of patients at the European Respiratory Society Congress during the third of our Respiratory Open Dialogue Series that took place in Amsterdam in September 2015. They shared that patients don’t want to be reminded daily that they are living with a serious condition. So for people living with COPD, digital solutions offer the opportunity to establish a “new normal,” whether that means learning about their condition, engaging with a doctor, or even receiving treatment.
Technology, of course, is no substitute for care from a doctor or support from a loved one, but we’re developing new technologies that make it easier for people living with COPD to establish their “new normal.”
Quest to Create a Smart Home for People Living With COPD
In collaboration with patients, physicians, designers, technicians, and engineers, we are developing a variety of projects for respiratory patients. One example is the Air Smart Spirometer, a spirometer that helps doctors collect valuable information about their patients’ COPD via a connected smartphone. This is just one example of how we’re leveraging digital technologies to help patients.
In the future, technologies like those used in the Air Smart Spirometer could be used to create a “smart house” for people living with COPD, integrating seamlessly throughout the home to deliver 360° patient care.
Digital devices connected to create the “smart house” of the future.
Air Smart Spirometer, developed in partnership with POND healthcare.