July 3, 2017 – BLOG – Developing a mobile app and claiming it will save lives runs the risk of hyperbole, so I will not make that claim. DailyBreath is a tool to help allergy and asthma sufferers be weather aware so that they can be health prepared.
The ‘dog days of summer’ spark visions of listless dogs baking in oppressive heat. They were historically the period following the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, associated with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. There’s a fair bit of suffering implied in that definition. As we begin our ‘dog days of summer’ (July 3 – August 11), suffering should not be an accepted product of allergy and asthma.
With DailyBreath, we’ll track weather and environmental factors and learn about how they impact each allergy and asthma patient. We’ll also begin to understand where patients are more vulnerable to these factors. We just don’t have enough information to support these patients in mitigating asthma flare-ups. We’re so focused on medications because we’re operating as if we are at the mercy of conditions instead of understanding them and learning how to control and manage our exposures.
DailyBreath is about patient empowerment. The patient will be empowered to limit their suffering, whether it’s in the form of consistent allergy symptoms or in the case of asthma, exacerbations that are extremely burdensome, and often result in emergencies. These emergencies often lead to emergency room visits and, sometimes, in-patient hospital stays. Every day in America there are 30,000 flare-ups that lead to 5,000 ER visits, that lead to 1,000 in-patient hospital stays.
We need to do all that we can to limit suffering. Quoting Emerson, “….that one life has breathed easier.” This is how we’ll define success.
Next Blog – Flare-Up Tracking – A Learning System for Tracking your Triggers
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 this summer.