MADISON, Wis., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Propeller Health, the leading digital health solution for respiratory medicine, and Novartis Pharma AG (NYSE: NVS) today announced a collaboration to develop a custom add-on sensor for the Breezhaler™ inhaler, a device used for the company's portfolio of COPD treatments (Ultibro™ Breezhaler™, Onbrez™ Breezhaler™ and Seebri™ Breezhaler™), connecting these medications to Propeller's digital health platform.
As patients use the Breezhaler™ inhaler, a patented capsule-based dry powder inhaler (DPI) for treatment of COPD, the new custom sensors will allow for passively recording and transmitting compliance data, better informing patients and their physicians of adherence and other treatment factors through the Propeller platform. Propeller has regulatory clearance to help patients and their physicians better understand asthma and COPD, and help to improve the symptoms and outcomes of these chronic respiratory diseases. The Novartis-Propeller partnership is focused on COPD in Europe.
"We're excited to work with the team at Novartis to connect the Breezhaler™ device to the Propeller platform. The addition of this major respiratory franchise represents an important next step in our mission to bring valuable digital companions to everyone's respiratory treatments," said David Van Sickle, CEO, Propeller Health. "With data from these medication sensors and interfaces, Propeller strengthens the relationships between patients and their physicians and helps them build effective treatment programs together."
With the majority of inhaled medications now connected to its software platform, Propeller has grown significantly over the last 12 months with over 45 programs signed with leading healthcare systems such as Dignity Health and Nemours Children's Health System, managed care organizations such as Molina Healthcare and innovative at-risk entities such as ChenMed. This growth has been driven by rapid adoption of its platform among pharmaceutical manufacturers and the country's largest payers and healthcare providers, who seek a better approach to asthma and COPD management. New program starts and the expansion of existing programs, such as with industry leading innovator Dignity Health, have been driven by strong clinical and financial results seen across programs, and from large-scale clinical trials published in the peer-reviewed literature.
About Propeller Health
In 2010, Propeller set out to modernize respiratory medicine, help people minimize the impact of asthma and COPD on their daily lives, and connect them to their physicians, environment and community. Propeller's information-powered approach to respiratory management guides physicians and patients to the optimal path of therapy for each individual. With connected inhalers, digital interfaces, mobile spirometers and real-time personalized insights, participants receive personal guidance and expert direction anytime. Backed by 3M Ventures (NYSE: MMM), SR One, Hikma Ventures (LON: HIK), Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), Social Capital and other investors, Propeller has been used by patients with asthma or COPD in over 45 commercial programs across the US at major healthcare systems, payers, employers and other commercial partners. The company has been recognized as the recipient of the American Telemedicine Association's 2016 President's Award for Innovation in Remote Healthcare and as one of the top "Fierce 15" medical device companies in 2015 by FierceMedicalDevices. For more information visit: www.propellerhealth.com
SOURCE Propeller Health