App-connected Digital Inhaler
The FDA has given the ProAir Digihaler, a digital and mobile-connected inhaler that comes with built-in sensors, its nice approval. Those sensors can detect whenever the device in use and can as well measure the strength of the user’s inhalation.
More importantly, the inhaler can send data on people’s usage to its mobile app companion. By providing them with visual information, users can spot trends. And ensure they’re getting the right amount of medication, as well as share it with their doctors if needed.
According to the chief of non-profit group Allergy, Tonya Winders, and Asthma Network. A lot of folks are not correctly making use of their inhalers or in another way round they are using them too often.
She further explained that a great tool like this can also help doctors to see their patients’ inhaler usage, help in identifying issues with the way they’re using it and help them manage their condition or illness asap.
Earlier this year, The FDA also approved a smart sensor that can be installed onto a patient’s inhaler to track their usage. It’s the first inhaler with built-in sensors, though. Which is probably why the new app-connected digital inhaler needs to be tested more, the ProAir’s creator said. It will first be available in 2019 through a number of early experience programs. And a national launch planned sometime in 2020.