LifeBridge launches remote video monitoring for inhaler usage

Baltimore-based LifeBridge Health will deploy a remote monitoring technique called video Directly Observed Therapy to improve pediatric asthma patients' inhaler technique and adherence.

LifeBridge is launching the 60-day program through a partnership with Emocha, the developer of a smartphone app that uses Johns Hopkins-created software to allow patients to submit daily check-in videos in which they take their prescribed medications.

For the LifeBridge program, care teams will review videos of patients using their inhalers and offer recommendations to make usage more effective and reduce side effects, according to a Feb. 4 news release.

"At LifeBridge Health, we believe in pioneering innovations that can enhance patient care," Scott Krugman, MD, vice chair of pediatrics at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai, said in the release. "We are eager to see how this technology-enabled service may be able to help children with asthma take their medications as prescribed and also have additional support throughout their treatment."

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