Taking on Asthma

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /

[MUSIC PLAYING] DR. FULLER: 1 in 12 people has
asthma in this country. It’s the most chronic prevalent
illness among children. However, that does
not have to happen if children and their
health care providers are managing and
controlling their asthma. Together with the American Lung
Association, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we
are making this happen. ANDERSON: Before the asthma program,
my asthma was really horrible. And I used to be in
the hospital a lot. Between the weather and school,
I would miss a lot of school. And I also used to be in
the hospital frequently. Like, every month I’ll
be in the hospital. DR. FULLER: We found increasing
rates of children visiting the emergency department with unmanaged
and uncontrolled asthma. We developed a program
that we take clinics through to include
their providers, nurses, medical assistants
to assist children in need, so that their asthma can
be managed and controlled to prevent these type
of concerns happening. BATTY: We have received
a lot of different equipment, like the Niox machine,
that measures inflammation. And the kids got
Asthma 101 training. ANDERSON: I was able
to learn different things and learn how to
properly take medication, and understand what
it was doing to me. And I was able to get
a good understanding of what my asthma was
and how it worked. DR. FULLER: There
is less hospitalizations. There’s less visits to
the emergency department. So overall, health care
costs are decreased. BURKE: Something that’s really
unique about this program is that we can use
our own company’s data to identify the areas
with the greatest need. Using this information, we
can identify the health care providers that are serving large
groups of high-risk patients with asthma. We’re able to be laser
focused in our outreach to provide training and
resources to the health care providers who need it
most and will really maximize the impact. And what’s even better is we’re
now able to go back to our data and track the outcomes
for these patients, to ensure that we’re really
improving the quality of care they’re receiving. BATTY: Less missed school. Kids feeling better,
being able to do better in school, being on the right
medications, not overdosing or under dosing. ANDERSON: It has helped
me better in a lot of things I like. Participating in
sports and being able to do cheerleading full out
through practice and full out through competitions and games. I feel like it’s been rewarding
to me because I know what’s going on, how to handle
myself before I end up going to the hospital. DR. FULLER: We’re extremely
excited about our collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. We’ve been able to
do such great work. We are excited about
going into more clinics, providing more trainings. We want to help children and
their asthma to be managed, and them living normal lives. [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC ENDS]

One thought on “Taking on Asthma

  1. I HAVE A CURE FOR ASTHMA – stop eating gluten. Asthmatics are allergic to gluten. Only takes 1 week on a gluten-free diet to start feeling good. It worked for me. No more inhalers for me!

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