What is Propeller?
Publication/Creation DateSeptember 9 2013
DescriptionEvery day, millions of people with asthma and COPD use rescue inhalers, inadvertently indicating how well their disease is managed. Knowing when and where these symptoms occur can reveal valuable clues about environmental exposures that trigger asthma and COPD. But until now, there has been no way to accurately collect this information. We created a sensor that tracks the use of inhalers, automatically capturing the time and geographic location of symptoms. We've also developed web and mobile phone applications so that patients and physicians can monitor asthma and COPD in daily life, take steps to control the disease, and prevent costly exacerbations. By aggregating this anonymous, voluntarily-shared data about asthma, COPD and other chronic respiratory illnesses, we can improve management and understanding of the disease. Propeller provides people with the latest information about asthma and COPD in their communities, and helps scientists and public health agencies target interventions designed to reduce the burden of respiratory disease.
Date archivedApril 23 2015
Last editedOctober 19 2018