Respiratory therapist Garry Kauffman is working on a virtual tool that takes things one step further than pre-recorded videos. He’s toying with a system that would allow clinicians to regularly touch base with patients on live video calls to ensure that they’re using their inhalers properly.
“We're just missing [the misuse] because we're not investing that time,” Kauffman says.
Dr. Bobbie Kumar is working on a similar virtual solution, inspired by Amazon’s Alexa: an app that would connect patients with an expert when they have questions or need assistance.
“I think that it would be entirely useful to have something like that, where they could do a Skype or a FaceTime or a video call to provide that education and ensure that the questions are being answered,” Kumar says. “[We could] also take that information back to the primary care and back to the care team to let them know that this question was asked, this was what was done, and this is how we should go forward.”