Anthem, Apple Launches 2-Year Digital Asthma Study with Apple Watch

Anthem, Apple Launches 2-Year Digital Asthma Study with Apple Watch
Anthem, Apple Launches 2-Year Digital Asthma Study with Apple Watch

What You Should Know:

– Anthem, Inc. announced a new study that examines how
the use of everyday devices, like Apple Watch and iPhone, may help individuals
with asthma, led by the University of California, Irvine.

– Launching in the fall, the two-year, randomized controlled
study will enroll participants from Anthem-affiliated health plans who have
been clinically diagnosed with asthma.


Anthem, Inc. today a new study that examines how the use of everyday devices, like Apple Watch and iPhone, may help individuals with asthma better self-manage their condition for improved clinical outcomes. The virtual study is being conducted by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and was designed in collaboration with Apple, Inc. CareEvolution is the study technology partner responsible for building the study app and enabling the collection of the study data.

Study Background/Objectives

Launching in the fall,
the two-year, randomized controlled study will enroll participants from
Anthem-affiliated health plans who have been clinically diagnosed with asthma. The
primary goal of the study is to investigate clinical changes in outcomes
associated with the use of the new digital tools in self-management of asthma.
Additionally, the study will explore if data collected from everyday use
devices such as iPhone and Apple Watch can help predict asthma exacerbation or
serve as potential digital biomarkers of asthma control.

Research
Study Protocols

Eligible participants will be invited to enroll in the study.
Participants who choose to enroll in the study will receive a BedditSleep Monitor and an Apple Watch. To
investigate the impact of digital
intervention
on asthma symptoms and healthcare utilization, the active
group of the study will have access to the digital asthma tool, designed for
the study.

The digital asthma tool includes daily symptoms and trigger tracking to provide awareness of asthma control and personalized nudges based on changes in signals from their Apple Watch including activity, heart rate, the new Blood Oxygen feature, and other health metrics. Participants will also receive timely curated education materials and prescription refill resources.

Designed with patient privacy in mind, the study offers the
participants complete control over their data, and transparency into how the
data will be used and shared. Data will be stored on the participants’ device
and shared through a direct, encrypted connection with CareEvolution.

Why It Matters

Nearly 25 million Americans are currently diagnosed with some form of the chronic condition, and, when uncontrolled, asthma can lead to permanent lung damage, hospitalizations, and even premature death. Additionally, nearly 1.8 million emergency department visits each year are counted as a result of asthma attacks.

While there is no cure for asthma, studies have shown that many
people can improve their symptoms and reduce exacerbation risk through
self-management behaviors including avoiding triggers – such as pollen, mold or
smoke – medication adherence, and correct inhaler technique. However,
asthma self-management is often far from ideal, with some data suggesting that
less than 50 percent of individuals with asthma are well-controlled. Scalable
and effective solutions are needed to empower patients to improve asthma
self-management and reduce the need for costly asthma care.

“Personalized medicine and improving the health of populations are based on similar principles. The human body contains critical information – data – necessary to diagnose and treat our patients,” said Dr. Steve Goldstein, vice chancellor for health affairs at UCI. “Through innovation and emerging technologies, we are able to harness that data, and by coupling it with an individual’s environment and experiences, chart pathways to lifelong health and well-being. Public-private collaborations like this one with UCI, Anthem and Apple, are fueled by the passion to serve and shared entrepreneurial spirit, and are helping us establish new standards of whole-person care for our patients.”

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