Asthma affects approximately 235 million people worldwide. The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Tyoterveyslaitos) and telecom operator Elisa have initiated a pilot for remote asthma monitoring services.
Finnish telecom operator Elisa runned a six-month pilot scheme together with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Tyoterveyslaitos) and the goal was to provide remote asthma monitoring services. Some 10,000 Finns of working age are affected each year asthma.
Elisa used remote sensors to measure peak expiratory flow, along with a smartphone, measurement device, dedicated application and Bluetooth connection. The data was transferred directly to medical staff over the network, which allowed live monitoring. Occupational asthma examinations last four weeks and measurements are carried out every two hours during the daytime.
Elisa study found that system can reduce health care costs by 27 percent.
Remote management could save millions of euros annually for nurses and patients, it said. Under the new treatment process, patients measured their own peak expiratory flow at home using a digital device and remote sensors.
The medical director of the Finisch institute of Occupational Health, Eva Helaskoski, believes it to be in the interests of Finnish society that occupational asthma is identified as early as possible. The CEO of the institute, Antti Koivula, adds the institute wants to be a pioneer in using digitisation.