- Inhaler technique and adherence have an ongoing impact on disease and symptom control
- Real-time data monitoring may make the problem of poor inhaler technique and adherence more transparent for patients and healthcare professionals
Professor Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich hosted the session titled ‘Electronic monitoring: Overcoming the challenge of inhaler technique and poor adherence’. Professor Bosnic-Anticevich discussed the GINA and GOLD guidelines’ focus on inhaler technique and adherence, which are still significant issues for patients and which have an ongoing impact on disease and symptom control.
Problems with inhaler use often go unrecognised and unreported, due to patients thinking there is no problem. And even those people who do receive training in proper inhaler use will often revert to their old, inappropriate technique, shortly after.
The interactive Q&A session covered the topic of e-connectivity and how real-time data could be used to tackle the problem of poor inhaler technique and adherence. This technology offers the opportunity to capture a large amount of accurate, objective data that could make treatment more transparent and reliable for both patients and healthcare professionals (HCPs).
Professor Bosnic-Anticevich elaborated, “We really need [e-monitoring] in health, especially in conditions like asthma and COPD, those respiratory conditions where we know there is a big black hole in terms of what people do with their medicine.”
“I think technology is critically important, we need to use it effectively in healthcare because we know from other fields that it can really advance our knowledge and understanding.”
The session was incredibly insightful, highlighting the importance of new technology and how it could be used to help patients and HCPs make more informed decisions in the future.