Asthma Inhaler Sensor Technology

Asthmapolis Receives FDA Clearance for Asthma Inhaler Sensor Technology and Accompanying Software System

Madison, WI – (July 10, 2012) – Asthmapolis announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market its asthma sensor system and associated software to healthcare providers and their patients.

“We are thrilled to have achieved this important milestone to support our mission of providing tools to help patients and their healthcare providers better understand and control their asthma symptoms,” noted Inger Couture, Chief Regulatory Officer of Asthmapolis. “Despite all we know about asthma and how to treat it, the majority of patients still do not have the disease under control, and traditional approaches to self-management have been time-consuming and complicated. The Asthmapolis technology makes it much easier to track symptoms and use of metered dose inhalers, allowing patients, their families and their doctors to gain a valuable new perspective on the disease.”

The Asthmapolis inhaler sensor sits on top of inhalers that are used by patients with asthma and COPD. When an inhaler is used, the sensor works with an accompanying mobile phone application to capture information about day-to-day burden and management. By automatically tracking the time and location of events, the tools – which include web and mobile phone applications – improve awareness of level of disease control and provide a greater understanding of triggers and patterns in symptoms in individuals and communities. The sensor data is also used to provide personalized guidance and targeted education drawn from the National Asthma Education and Prevention program.

“In addition to driving better patient-physician communication about asthma management, the tool also gives physicians the ability to quickly identify how patients in their population are doing and take steps to help patients get their disease under control,” said David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Asthmapolis. “Our mission is to make it easier for patients and their physicians to do a better job of managing asthma with less effort than traditionally required.”

“Asthmapolis is a novel system devised to facilitate what could be termed ‘health networking’ between the patient and the healthcare system,” noted Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., M.D., who heads the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “The geographic tracking of inhaler use can provide novel information regarding environmental factors that trigger acute events in individual patients. Avoidance of such environments would further improve overall asthma control and reduce healthcare costs.”

Asthmapolis is currently participating in several asthma studies across the United States, including one with Dignity Healthcare in Woodland and Sacramento, California, and one with the City of Louisville and Norton Healthcare in Kentucky.

About Asthmapolis

Asthmapolis was founded in 2010 with the goal of improving the management of asthma for patients and healthcare professionals. The company’s inhaler sensors, mobile applications and other tools enable asthma patients and their physicians to gain more awareness of asthma control and understanding of triggers, while also providing public health researchers with timely, comprehensive and objective data on the burden of asthma in communities. Asthmapolis has partnered with organizations such as the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California HealthCare Foundation, Dignity Health and others. For more information, please visit

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The Asthmapolis Sensor

At the center of the Asthmapolis system is our sensor that attaches to your existing inhaler and reliably determines the time and location when the inhaler is used. The sensor communicates with your Bluetooth enabled device and uploads its data to our remote server.

Our goal is to make the sensor as small, lightweight, and easy-to-use as possible. We’re continually improving the sensor to better meet the needs of people with chronic respiratory disease, and to test and take advantage of promising developments in technology.

The Asthmapolis Mobile Application

With the Asthmapolis Mobile Application, you can map and track asthma symptoms, triggers, and use of rescue and controller medications, and other important events from your iPhone or Android smart phone.

Additionally, you can choose to receive text message reminders when you forget to use controller medication, and review your trends and alerts on your phone.

The Asthmapolis Mobile Application automatically syncs with the sensor via Bluetooth, captures all of your events, and uploads them to our remote server. The Event Log shows details for each event, automatically creating your asthma diary for you.

The Asthmapolis Mobile Application is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free from the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store.

The Asthmapolis Patient Dashboard

The Asthmapolis Patient Dashboard is available online from any computer with a web browser. The dashboard uses maps, charts, and tables to summarize and reveal your patterns of use and trends over time, and to help you identify locations that cause your asthma to worsen. You can also add and edit information about your asthma, and explore asthma in your community.

Additionally, you can sign up for weekly email reports which will provide you with personalized guidance and targeted education on how to better control your asthma.

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