This is a fancy way of saying how you well you "stick to" the medication plan your doctor has written for you. For example, if your doctor prescribes your inhaler twice a day, we calculate how well you stick to that plan over the last 7 days. If I was scheduled to take my inhaler 14 times this past week and I only took it 7 times, then my adherence would be 50% for the week.
Asthma Control Score - Asthma Patients Only
Knowing your level of asthma control is a way to help you and your doctor determine whether your asthma symptoms are well controlled. This score helps your care team make sure that you are on the best medications and therapy. The National Heart Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI) determines these guidelines.
See this article for information about what your Asthma Control Score means.
Propeller sensors connect to your smartphone, tablet, or hub and send information back to your Care Team using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. It's very important for you to keep bluetooth turned on or the sensors won't be able to send that information.
Because our sensors use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, they don't require much battery life from your smartphone to communicate. This also means the sensors can have a battery life of about a year and a half without needing to be charged.
Controller Medications (also called long-term or maintenance medications) work over a period of time to help keep the airways open and keep the lungs from making too much mucus. These slower working medications can take days or even weeks to start working. These medications are generally scheduled to be taken daily, regardless if you are having symptoms.
Examples include: QVAR, Symbicort, Advair.
An exacerbation is when you're breathing gets worse and you have more symptoms than usual, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Sometimes this can be serious and cause you to call your doctor or go to the emergency room.
The Hub is a small, white box that plugs into an outlet in your home. Like your smartphone, it sends data back to Propeller and your Care Team, but without having to connect to the internet or use your cell phone data. (add info about the hub lights and what to expect).
Your rescue medication is the inhaler you take when you're short of breath and need quick relief. This means it works quickly to relieve your symptoms right away, which is why you take them when you feel like you're having a hard time breathing. Your doctor or Care Team might also call this: your emergency medication or your reliever medication.
Examples include: Ventolin, ProAir, Proventil.
There are three different types of sensors, but they all work the same way - they help us track when you're using your rescue and controller medications, so we can help you take your controller medication on time, every time, and alert your care team if it looks like you're not doing well.
Symptoms are how you feel when the airways start to tighten and fill with mucus. Not every person with asthma will have the same symptoms.
Examples include: wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath.
Sync or Syncing
When the sensor communicates with your smartphone, tablet, or the hub, this is called "syncing". A "sync" is a single connection between your sensor and your smartphone, tablet, or hub. This is how the data gets sent back to Propeller and your care team.
Examples include: smoking, pets, tree pollen.