SEVEN HILLS, Ohio – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is enabling Ohio consumers enrolled in its Medicare Advantage health plans who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to use digital health products offered by Propeller Health. Propeller’s digital medicines for COPD and asthma management consist of sensors that attach to consumers’ existing inhalers. The sensors are paired with a mobile app to automatically track medication use and provide personal feedback and insights that help individuals manage and cope with symptoms. “This collaboration between Anthem and Propeller gives individuals access to connected care technology that will help them more easily manage their COPD to help them have a better quality of life,” said Dr. Linda Hotchkiss, managing medical director of Anthem’s Medicare Advantage Central Region, in a statement. “Anthem will continue to focus on improving consumers’ health care experience by increasing access to high-quality, meaningful solutions.” Anthem’s care management team will also use Propeller’s online provider portal to help understand consumers’ progress in managing their COPD, providing more targeted, personalized care and treatment. Consumers need a history of at least one emergency room visit or hospitalization caused by COPD to be eligible for this program. “We’re excited to partner with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio to bring the benefits of digital medicine to Anthem’s consumers who suffer from COPD,” said David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health, in a statement.
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