COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe and gets worse over time.
COPD can cause coughing, which produces large amounts of a slimy substance called mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.
The term COPD includes two main conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Clinical Studies using remote monitoring have demonstrated reduced hospitalizations and reduced mortality for some COPD patients.
In 2016, a study of over 100 COPD patients found that daily monitoring helped reduce the risk of repeat hospitalizations.2
In 2017, a study found that 651 COPD patients with daily monitoring had improved survival over 12 months compared to a group of 7047 patients without monitoring.3
You will be mailed a remote monitoring kit to measure your vitals and symptoms on a daily basis. The kit will include (1) pulse-oximeter, (2) a brochure describing your remote monitoring program and (3) a symptom sheet to help rate your COPD symptoms on a numeric scale, including rating your cough, mucus, and breathing difficulty.
You will be provided a pulse-oximeter to measure your blood oxygen level (SpO2) and heart rate daily.
You will also rate your COPD symptoms.
Each day you will complete a short call to discuss your symptoms and care plan. Physicians using the AIRx Health platform will review changes in your symptoms, your vitals and other information to decide whether any medical action is needed, such as adjusting your COPD treatments or recommending additional medical care.