Propeller Health recently announced its plan to create a "national Asthma Risk Map for the United States." Inhalers equipped with bluetooth sensors will facilitate data collection across the country. In collecting this data, Propeller outlines two goals:
1.) Create in-depth models on the impact climate change has on public health
2.) Identify asthma "risk hot spots"
This out-of-the-box approach certainly sounds exciting and promising. I am sure folks will have concerns about privacy and security. Nevertheless, this novel approach to data collection may enrich our understanding of the impacts of variables such as air pollution on municipalities.
Today we are pleased to announce we will build the first-ever national Asthma Risk Map for the United States, where citizens can track how climate change affects the frequency and severity of asthma attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To accomplish this, Propeller plans to expand its current municipal public health asthma initiatives to five cities around the US in the next two years as part of President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative.