Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems, and Propeller Health, a leading digital therapeutics company, announced today the results of their new published, peer-reviewed study, which indicates that asthma-related emergency room visits declined by more than half for people who used connected, digital medicine to manage their disease.

Published in World Allergy Organization Journal, this is the latest study that shows how digital medicines can be successfully incorporated into routine clinical practice. Their use also contributes to improved outcomes, including lower rates of hospital visits and ER utilization.

The observational study found that, for Dignity Health patients using Propeller’s wireless inhalers to manage their asthma:

  • Asthma-related emergency room visits decreased by 54 percent compared to the previous year.
  • Combined asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations decreased by 57 percent compared to the previous year.

“We are excited about the results, which further affirm the power digital tools provide in empowering patients to better manage their condition,” said Rajan Merchant, MD, lead author and asthma expert at Dignity Health Medical Foundation in Woodland and Davis. “At Dignity Health, we continue to see Propeller’s asthma management platform reduce our patients’ use of emergency visits and hospitalizations and increase their use of routine preventive care, which helps keep asthma well-controlled long-term. When patients can control their asthma symptoms and resume regular activities, we’ve done our job.” Read the full release here.