Humana joins community designed to reduce asthma burden

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is the latest local employer to join AIR Louisville, a new approach to improving asthma that leverages sensors, big data, and community collaboration, AIR said.

AIR Louisville is a grant-funded program designed to reduce the burden of asthma in Louisville, Kentucky, a city consistently ranked as one of the most challenging in the US for people with asthma. The program aligns to Humana´s local strategy to address respiratory illness among its employees and members.

The AIR Louisville program is powered by Propeller Health, the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, the city of Louisville, and a coalition of seven employers, three healthcare providers, a health plan and three advocacy groups. The program uses Propeller´s smart inhalers to help residents learn more about their asthma and reduce their symptoms. It also provides city leaders with valuable public health information so they can make more informed decisions about how to keep the air quality across the metro area clean enough to prevent asthma attacks.

Propeller Health provides an FDA-cleared digital health platform including inhaler sensors that record the time and location of medication use. It also engages patients through a mobile app and feedback in order to help reduce the frequency of asthma symptoms and improve outcomes.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded AIR Louisville through a grant to the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil. This nonprofit is bringing together employers, doctors, insurance companies and advocacy groups to support a new solution for Louisville´s asthma problem.

More than 440 people have joined the program so far from employer groups and from throughout Louisville, KY. Residents can find out more at airlouisville.com.

AIR Louisville is a data-driven collaboration among public, private and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care.

The Institute was founded in March 2014 with the goal of making it easier for people to understand how our natural environment shapes our health.

Founded in 2010, Propeller is a provider of an FDA-cleared digital health platform that helps reduce the cost of care while delivering better quality of life for individuals with chronic respiratory disease.