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Air Quality & it’s impact on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) patients

By July 12, 2018May 1st, 2021No Comments

We’re glad to see research from Johannson et al on impact of air pollution on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) patients. Their research looked at home spirometry data and symptom diaries from 25 patients and used their residential address to estimate the weekly mean air pollution exposures from ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10).
Their research found that higher air pollution exposures were associated with lower lung function, but not changes in lung function.

The research outlines the need for further work in this area. patientMpower has the capability to help provide the data to power this research.
Our patient App is used across the world and has recorded more than 10,000 home spirometry readings, with associated (outdoor) Air Quality data from their nearest air quality monitoring station.

This data forms part of our digital biobank, a rich phenotype data-set characterizing a range of objective (e.g. spirometry), subjective (e.g mMRC) and other data-sets including Geo-medicine, how your location affects your health status. Air Quality is an important part of how your location affects your health.

The patientMpower app shows the local air quality to our users so they can make informed decision about exercising outdoors. The app displays the Air Quality Index, and internationally used scale which uses different factors to categorize the air quality as anything from Good to Hazardous.

For an overall view of Air Quality in the USA, please see the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2018 report.

Weighing Scales

Get valuable health insights by using our Bluetooth connected weighing scales to monitor body weight. Measured values will be transferred directly to the patientMpower application for healthcare professionals to review in real time.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Our Bluetooth enabled blood pressure monitor accurately measures patients’ blood pressure, measured values will be transferred directly to the patientMpower application for healthcare professionals to review in real time.

Pulse Oximeter

Our Bluetooth connected pulse oximeter measures arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate. Measured values will be transferred directly to the patientMpower application for healthcare professionals to review in real time.

Spirometer

Spirobank SMART spirometer - connects to patientMpower app via Bluetooth for seamless recording of pulmonary function. Measured values will be transferred directly to healthcare professionals to review in real time. Measures:

  • Forced Vital Capacity (FVC)
  • Forced Expiratory Volume in 1st second (FEV1)
  • PEF
  • FEV1/FVC
  • FEV6
  • FEF25/75

US Reimbursement for remote monitoring 

How will you get paid? Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have reimbursement codes available for remote patient monitoring (RPM).

US Reimbursement for remote monitoring 

How will you get paid? Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have reimbursement codes available for remote patient monitoring (RPM).