DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger and AstraZeneca have partnered to improve asthma care by creating a suite of products that integrate into the electronic health record. The goal is to engage patients and providers in co-managing the disease, especially during intervals between office visits.
The new asthma app suite includes a mobile app that allows patients to view asthma-related weather forecasts, log symptoms and asthma triggers, establish medication reminders, track health status over time communicate with their health care team.
“A tool to help patients and physicians stay connected and share information in real-time is what connected health is all about,” said Tosh Butt, vice president of respiratory services at AstraZeneca, in a statement. “AstraZeneca’s partnership with Geisinger is focused on how we can arm patients and physicians with digital tools with the intention of speeding diagnosis and treatment decisions. This is an exciting time in patient care.”
Data from the mobile app is connected to a real-time, web-based application called Provider Asthma Management Assistant. The assistant combines EHR and patient-reported data feeds to enable asthma educators and respiratory therapists to triage patients immediately and bring in specialists as needed.
“Patients sometimes do a lot worse with their asthma than we know based on a three-, six-, or nine-month periodic office visit,” said Dr. Paul Simonelli, chair of pulmonary and critical care at Geisinger, in a statement. “This new suite of products could easily be adapted to any long-term chronic respiratory illness that needs monitoring.”