asthma

By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2016
Adherium, a Melbourne, Australia-based connected inhaler company, has raised $5.9 million ($8 million Australian) through a private placement of shares with Fidelity. Adherium is publicly traded in Australia. Under the deal, Fidelity will purchase 16 million shares at $0.50 Australian per share, bringing the global asset manager's share in the company to 10 percent. “Fidelity International are...
By Heather Mack July 14, 2016
At the Wearable Technologies conference in San Francisco this week, companies presented several devices they said were primed for widespread distribution across healthcare and fitness industries, but were also in search of additional investors as well as partnerships with payers and providers to make it happen.   Here’s a round-up of some of the devices that took the stage:  BioRibbon Perhaps the...
By Heather Mack June 30, 2016
Wing, an app-connected spirometer from St. Louis, Missouri-based Sparo Labs, is ready to take flight. The FDA recently cleared the device with an over-the-counter clearance, meaning the company can market it directly to consumers, but Sparo sees provider and pharma channels as important ones too.  With Wing, Sparo aims to help people manage asthma and other respiratory conditions, such as COPD...
By Jonah Comstock April 22, 2016
Propeller Health’s connected inhaler technology helped to reduce usage of a rescue inhaler in a recent study of 495 asthma patients conducted at Dignity Health.  “The research demonstrates that the benefits of telehealth go beyond monitoring medication adherence, but can also identify patterns of risk and impairment. This additional information may allow more timely interventions and enhanced...
By Aditi Pai April 20, 2016
Australia-based ResApp, a public company, has raised $9.74 million ($12.5 million Australian dollars) for its product, a smartphone-based system for diagnosing respiratory conditions. The company sold 62.5 million new ordinary shares at $0.16 ($0.20 AU) per share. ResApp’s offering essentially uses the smartphone microphone as a stethoscope to listen to a patient’s breathing. But instead of...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2016
A smartphone-based system for diagnosing respiratory diseases achieved an accuracy of 89 percent in a recent clinical study of 524 pediatric patients conducted by the company at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Perth, Western Australia. Perth-based ResApp essentially uses the smartphone microphone as a stethoscope to listen to a patient’s breathing. But...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2016
At the same time as it announced CareKit, Apple announced in a press release that ResearchKit would be updated to more easily make use of users' genetic data, via a module designed by consumer genetics company 23andMe. Apple also added other modules for common medical tests to ResearchKit. “The response to ResearchKit has been fantastic. Virtually overnight, many ResearchKit studies became the...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2016
Propeller Health is partnering with Aptar Pharma, a drug delivery system company, to create what the company believes will be the first-to-market integrated, connected metered dose inhaler (MDI). "Patients and physicians deserve better designed inhalers that are easier to use and help them successfully treat their chronic respiratory disease,” David Van Sickle, CEO of Propeller, said in a...
By Jonah Comstock February 3, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer Humana is joining Propeller Health's Air Louisville public-private partnership. The project, launched in March 2015 in collaboration with the City of Louisville and funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, aims to connect sensors to 2,000 asthma inhalers and share that data, in aggregate, with city officials so it can be used to improve public...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2015
LifeMap Solutions, the San Jose-California startup behind the ResearchKit app Asthma Health, has launched its second app, COPD Navigator, for free in the app store. At the same time, the company has launched a branded, enterprise version of  COPD Navigator, called iBreathe, with chronic care management company SuperCare Health. Both versions of the app will provide local weather and air quality...