1) Issue: Health
2) Tech summary
- The city of Louisville has launched a program called Air Louisville that collects data on when citizens with asthma use their inhalers.
- The program makes use of “smart inhalers” from Propeller Health to record the time and location of inhaler use all over the city.
- The mobile, real-time monitoring capabilities will allow public health experts to connect inhaler use to environmental exposures that cause attacks.
- Eventually the program could become predictive enough to provide warnings to those with asthma to avoid specific areas where environmental factors are such that an attack is likely.
- Article: “Monitoring Air Quality and the Impacts of Pollution” from Harvard’s “Data-Smart Cities” blog.
3) Stakeholders: patients with asthma, families of patients, public health experts, physicians and other healthcare workers, and insurance companies
4) Steps for deployment
- Enroll patients with asthma in the program
- Equip their inhalers with sensors from Propeller Health
- Set up data collection and analysis teams