Even when patients with asthma or COPD are symptom free, losing an inhaler is probably one of their worst nightmares.
To help patients quickly locate one should a loss occur, Propeller Health has updated its app to allow users to "ring" the sensor on the lost inhaler. Propeller Health's battery-powered sensor transmits data on medication use and location to the Propeller app via Bluetooth.
The app, which tracks medication use, health patterns, and even environmental forecasts that may affect asthma or COPD, also includes the “Find My Inhaler” feature, which can track multiple inhalers. With "Find My Inhaler," Users would navigate to their list of “sensored” inhalers within the app and tap “Find My Inhaler” for the missing inhaler. The sensor’s last known location would be shown on a map, and users could then press “Ring Sensor” to activate the sensor’s chime function.
“We heard from our users that it’s easy to misplace an inhaler, whether it’s in a purse, down the side of a chair or in a coat pocket,” said Greg Tracy, chief technology officer of Propeller Health, in a news release. “This update to Find My Inhaler is intended to make it quick and easy for users to find their inhaler with the same tool they use to manage their condition every day.”
If the sensor is within Bluetooth range of the user’s smartphone, the two devices should be able to communicate. If they are further apart, the sensor’s last known location would be displayed on the map within the app. Interference from other sensors should not be an issue, a company spokesperson told MD+DI. The sensor battery life lasts about a year.
Propeller Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of ResMed.