Patients with cystic fibrosis usually have to attend outpatients at a specialist unit every two to three months to monitor their lung function and prevent or halt the progression of this life-limiting condition. For many patients this will mean a day off work, arranging childcare and a long journey which they often have to fund themselves. For specialist units such as that at Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust, it can mean extremely busy outpatient clinics.
NuvoAir designed a smartphone enabled spirometer (Air Next) which would allow patients to monitor their own CF health at home, which could then be shared with clinicians through a web-based portal. An encrypted videolink allowed them to conduct remote virtual consultations. Patients would also have more data about their lung health and could see the impact of changes in medication or lifestyle.
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