Asthmapolis announced that it will expand its free asthma management study at Woodland Healthcare in Woodland, Calif, to also include patients from Mercy Medical Group, a part of the Dignity Health system, located in Sacramento, Calif.

According to Asthmapolis, its comprehensive, integrated clinical care model was created to improve the lives of adults and children with chronic disease by reducing cost, expanding access, and improving quality of care.

Study participants will be equipped with the Asthmapolis inhaler sensor, which sits on top of inhalers that are used to relieve symptoms in the event of an asthma attack. When an inhaler is used, the sensor works with the participant’s cell phone to transmit the time and location of the attack to the company’s computer network.

The study is open to both English and Spanish-speaking patients, and there is no enrollment cost. Participants will be compensated $25 upon enrollment, and those who complete the study will be entered in a drawing to win $500.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) rates Sacramento as one of the most challenging cities to live with asthma, with worse than average air quality. In May, the area experienced an asthma outbreak as a result of windy weather conditions combined with high pollen counts.

Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, is the fifth largest health care system in the United States.

Source: Asthmapolis