BreatheSuite uses a smart device and mobile app to help asthma and COPD patients improve breathing symptoms from common conditions.
Using an inhaler or ‘puffer’ as prescribed can be difficult, especially for kids. Proper technique and adherence are essential for controlling asthma and COPD for many people. When an inhaler is misused, only around 20% of the medication reaches the lungs. Those who have poor technique have 25% more emergency room visits which are linked to severe breathing attacks.
Canadian startup BreatheSuite combines a smart device and mobile app to support users of inhalers. The BreatheSuite device attaches to their prescribed medication and tracks inhaler use. The information is transmitted immediately to the mobile app. The BreatheSuite app can generate a report for the patient’s healthcare team that includes information on the patient’s technique, adherence, and when the rescue inhaler is required.
The information is displayed on the app’s dashboard for the patient to view any time. If the technique can be improved, the app provides guidance to help the patient get the most from their medication. The device looks at how long the patient shakes the inhaler, if they areholding it correctly, how long they inhale, if the inhaler is pushed at the correct time and with the right pressure. Seeing when the inhaler was last used quickly will help the patient avoid doubling or missing their medication.
A smart device like BreatheSuite or Haile can empower patients to take better control of their condition, prevent serious episodes, and support healthcare professionals by providing more information when patients attend for regular reviews.