Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.
In a new study presented at ERS 2020, Dr. Mark Levy discusses how a digital inhaler reduces the amount of people who use their inhaler incorrectly.
Inhaler use can be difficult for some asthma patients, leading to faulty adherence and improper dosing of medications.
However, with the advent of new technology, it might soon be easier to know when an inhaler is being improperly used so that the problems can ultimately be corrected.
In a poster presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2020 (ERS 2020), researchers presented data testing a new digital inhaler that alerts the user through a smartphone application whether or not they are using the inhaler correctly.
By promoting better inhaler techniques, the researchers believe ultimately they can severely reduce the amount of preventable asthma hospitalizations and improve care for the disease.
In the 696 patient study, the investigators found the digital inhaler helped identify patterns of use and provided clinically meaningful information early and facilitated physician-patient interventions and conversations.
In an interview with HCPLive®, Mark L. Levy, FRCGP, discusses why patients seem to struggle with inhalers and how digitalizing the technology could have a drastic impact on reducing asthma hospitalizations.
Levy explained how inhaler technique has long been an issue for asthma patients and that many of the asthma issues ultimately could have been prevented.