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Monitoring App for COPD Patients Integrates Virtual Coaching

October 1, 2015
by Heather Landi
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Health IT company ViiMed and The COPD Foundation have collaborated on the launch of a new interactive website and mobile application, called COPD360coach, designed to provide health coaching and wellness monitoring for COPD patients.

According to a statement from ViiMed, the COPD360coach platform “complements healthcare organizations’ existing care management solutions by enabling a coordinated and asynchronous peer-coaching infrastructure” to help COPD patients better manage their disease.

The platform offers COPD patients the ability to utilize “educational modules comprised of online videos and courses taught by health professionals and real COPD patients,” ViiMed said.

"We are very excited to be able to offer this innovative approach to managing COPD to the healthcare community. The COPD Foundation is striving to integrate technology into care plans while at the same time retaining a personal touch.  COPD360coach synthesizes best practices with clear, informative and personalized coaching," John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation, said in a statement. 

The development of the mHealth product and website platform began with a Crowdshaped event co-hosted by the COPD Foundation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in June. The event convened professionals in diverse fields, including digital technologists, engineers, psychologists, designers and business leaders, to generate ideas for patient-centered care solutions for COPD patients, according to the COPD Foundation and ViiMed statement.

"We are so excited to bring COPD360coach to people with COPD. All the terrific ideas that emerged from Crowdshaped are being put into action,” Walsh said. “ViiMed's outside-looking-in approach to virtual care will not only help make the lives of people with COPD better, but also enable healthcare organizations to scale and personalize patient empowerment.”

COPD affects approximately 30 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

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