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9% of children have asthma in Colo. and nationally 3273 PATIENT VISITS WITH ASTHMA IN 2008 10.5 MILLION DAYS OF SCHOOL WERE MISSED DUE TO ASTHMA Colorado Step Up Asthma Program The Colorado Step Up Asthma Program is a school-centered asthma program led by Stanley Szefler, M.D., director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. A coordinated effort between Children’s Colorado, the Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment, a number of Denver metro school districts, and many other agencies, the program focuses on delivering asthma self-management, environmental trigger reduction, and enhanced partnership with EMPOWERING FAMILIES ADHERENCE MONITORING RESEARCH HELPS FAMILIES TAKE CONTROL OF ASTHMA Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalizations and missed school days, especially among lower socioeconomic groups. Children’s Hospital Colorado addresses asthma-related challenges through a multi-faceted approach, implementing community outreach programs, home visits, and innovative research studies. Parents of asthmatic children face daily challenges when it comes to keeping track of medications, action plans, and appointments as they manage their child’s asthma and try to prevent traumatic emergency room visits. “We know that asthma medications work,” says Heather Hoch, M.D., pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Colorado’s Breathing Institute. “But it’s difficult for families to keep track of medication and for providers to get an accurate picture of adherence to medication.” As a result, the asthma team at Children’s Colorado implemented an adherence monitoring technology developed by vendor Propeller Health. The technology, currently being piloted with enrolled patients, consists of a cap that goes on the top of inhalers, which then syncs data and gives feedback to providers and families about frequency of use. This data, available only to families and providers, allow parents to monitor and troubleshoot how often children are taking medication, while also giving providers a better understanding of the child’s needs for asthma care. “Utilizing technology to solve problems related to chronic diseases is a wave of the future,” says Dr. Hoch, who looks forward to sharing the results of the study. “These interventions will help families take more control over their child’s asthma and help providers better understand how to give the best chronic care to kids.” community health care providers. 2015 Community Benefit Report 11