MADISON, Wis. and ST. LOUIS – Propeller Health and Express Scripts have formed a strategic partnership to provide Propeller’s digital solution to Express Scripts members using inhaler sensors and a mobile app to manage asthma or COPD. Propeller’s digital sensors enable remote monitoring for patients enrolled in Express Scripts’ Pulmonary Care Value Program. “Our vision is to help patients with asthma or COPD understand and proactively manage their condition, allowing them to breathe easier day in and day out,” said Dr. Glen Stettin, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at Express Scripts, in a statement. Using Bluetooth technology, a Propeller digital sensor is attached to a patient’s inhaler and synced to his or her smartphone. The inhaler’s activity trends are reviewed by pulmonary pharmacists within Express Scripts’ Pulmonary Therapeutic Resource Center, and when the Pulmonary TRC sees that a patient is overusing their rescue inhaler or is non-adherent with their controller medication, pulmonary pharmacists engage and perform counseling using patient-specific data. Through the Propeller mobile app, patients with asthma or COPD also can track their symptoms and triggers, monitor daily asthma condition forecasts and receive tips to encourage more effective self-management.
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