The Prevalence of Respiratory Disease is Growing
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic respiratory diseases, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), account for nearly 8.3 percent of chronic diseases, leading to over 4 million deaths each year. In the U.S. alone, more than 16.4 million people have COPD. It is the third leading cause of death, accounting for 3.23 million deaths worldwide.
To manage respiratory diseases, many patients need to adhere to a strict regimen. Unfortunately, many people don’t adhere to their provider’s protocol. Nonadherence can lead to high morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Suboptimal adherence can also lead to a decreased quality of life.
Reasons for Nonadherence
Sometimes, patients intentionally don’t adhere to their medication’s instructions. For example, they may fill their prescription but never take the drug or initially take their medication as prescribed but stop without medical advice to do so. Or, a patient may choose not to take their medication as prescribed by missing doses or taking more than prescribed.
Other times, adherence is unintentional. A patient may intend to take their medication, but they may forget or use a poor inhaler technique.
ZICOH's Smart Inhaler Technology May Improve Medication Adherence
A smart inhaler is an inhaler that connects with a mobile app. Many of ZICOH’s smart inhaler features are designed to help patients and providers monitor medication usage and may improve medication adherence by increasing the total number of doses taken, the number of doses taken as prescribed (i.e., doses taken on time), and the number of doses taken with good technique.
While features vary between devices, ZICOH has various capabilities that may increase medication adherence.
For one, ZICOH can be programmed using flow meters to measure the dosage given to a patient, enabling patients to administer doses in consistent amounts. Alternatively, smart inhalers may measure the amount of each dose received, allowing users to track usage and monitor overall consumption.
ZICOH may also include an output assist blower, which may aid in supplying inhalable medications to patients with medical conditions or other limitations that prevent them from inhaling a full dose or measuring a received dose.