June 21, 2017 – BLOG – With summer here, we encounter temperatures rising to an extreme, often with accompanying humidity. Warmer temperatures certainly enhance pollen because of grass, tree, plant and flower growth following the rain that many of us often get in May. Poor air quality is also a by-product of hot temperatures and high humidity with particulates becoming more concentrated and dense in the air.
When it comes to causal triggers for allergy symptoms and asthma flare-ups, many patients just don’t know enough about their allergy or their asthma triggers. Most allergy and asthma sufferers don’t have any idea where they tend to experience symptoms. Most of them have little understanding of how the weather exacerbates the impact of air quality and pollen on their condition.
With emerging technology on the horizon, 3 unmet needs will be addressed. First, the patient will have the capacity to learn all they can about the conditions under which they experience a flare-up. They’ll know what time of day it is, where they were, and what weather and environmental conditions were present.
Second, this data permits something truly revolutionary. We’re going to be able to determine an individual susceptibility to specific weather and environmental exposures. This is going to usher in an ability to bring environmental factors into the fabric of personalized health.
And, lastly, we’re going to be able to configure personalized alerts with recommendations that will impact patient behavior and prevent the negative health outcomes that they have been experiencing because they are not weather aware.
One of my favorite business phrases is “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” For allergy and asthma sufferers, they can’t control negative health outcomes, because we don’t measure the specific weather and environmental exposures that impact them. With DailyBreath, that journey begins.
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Authored by Eric Klos, Founder and CEO of HEALTHeWeather, this bi-weekly blog is related to weather and environmental factors impacting patient health. Sign up for the DailyBreath, the 1st solution powered by HEALTHeWeather, coming to market in July.