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AsthmaMD Peak Flow Meter rolls out to Walgreens, CVS
April 22nd, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – AsthmaMD, maker of the eponymous asthma management mobile application, has launched its first retail product, the AsthmaMD Peak Flow Meter.
Available now at the more than 15,000 Walgreens and CVS/pharmacy drug stores nationwide, the AsthmaMD Peak Flow Meter works with the latest AsthmaMD app and MyAsthmaMD secure cloud portal for doctors to help asthma patients more accurately track symptoms and medication adherence to preempt an attack. A peak flow meter is a portable device that measures the user's ability to push air out of his or her lungs.
AsthmaMD said Tuesday that the multitiered asthma management program is the first to integrate physician-prescribed asthma action plans personalized to the patient into a simple process.
"The current adherence rate to Asthma Guidelines to have a written asthma action plan is only about 30% to 50%. AsthmaMD improves that by making it very simple and quick to create and edit an action plan with a simplified and sequential breakdown of each step in the individualized action plan," according to Dr. Sam Pejham, co-creator of AsthmaMD and a board-certified pediatrician. "As a physician, I use this to save time and improve the quality of visits with my asthma patients by giving them a plan they can access and understand quickly right on their mobile device at all times."
AsthmaMD noted that it provides a wealth of educational material within its app, which is available free at the Apple iTunes Store, on the peak flow device and within the new web portal to help bridge the knowledge gap on asthma education. By inputting their doctor-recommended management plan, the app will help patients to maintain adherence, with medication reminders and insight into the patient's digital diary.
The app also displays the information in graphs for a visual view at such areas as their level of control or if they've been regular in taking medication for various periods of time.
"The truth is that 55% of patients do not know they are having symptoms because they are not obvious until an asthma attack occurs," Pejham pointed out. "Since it is important to monitor symptoms on a daily basis in order to preempt asthma attacks, our free program has the potential to reduce the $56 billion spent nationwide annually. The key is providing an easy tool with a simple and meaningful tracking journal. AsthmaMD users overall have an increased peak flow meter performance of 10%."
AsthmaMD also enables asthma patients to easily and securely share their information with their doctors.