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Evolution of Inhalers

The design of inhalers has continued to change over time. From large disks to meter dose pumps, efforts have been made to increase adherence to inhalers by simplifying how it is used. Counters were also added to inhalers to inform patients how many pumps they have remaining in their devices. The counters also allowed the provider to determine how many times the inhaler was used if the device was brought into the office. Outside of these counters providers had to rely on the patient’s recollection of the frequency in which they used the inhaler. This subjective data did not allow for real-time analytics or the formulation of a care management plan based on concrete data. If physicians are not made aware of the improper use of inhalers or lack of use, hospital utilization rates for exacerbations would be difficult to reduce.

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