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The Internet Of Medical Things: Digitization Revolutionizes Respiratory Care Management



2/5/2016 7:33:55 AM

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During this time of year, incidences of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) escalate. Today there are 60 million people with moderate to severe COPD and an additional 235 million who live with asthma worldwide. The total direct costs associated with COPD were approximately $40 billion in 2015 and are estimated to reach $49 billion by 2020. The economic burden of COPD and asthma in the European Union was estimated to be more than 80 billion euros in 2013.

Adherence is the biggest challenge with any chronic disease, especially COPD. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of non-adherence varies from 30% to 70% for asthmatic patients. Hence, there is a need to prioritize the role of patient adherence in improving patient outcomes and reducing the associated costs.

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