Asthmapolis Partners with Amerigroup to Enhance Asthma Management Efforts

  Asthmapolis Partners with Amerigroup to Enhance Asthma Management Efforts

Amerigroup Launches Innovative Program in its Florida Health Plan

PR Newswire

MADISON, Wis., March 12, 2013

MADISON, Wis., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Asthmapolis today announced the
launch of an innovative program in Florida with Amerigroup Florida, Inc.
("Amerigroup Florida") designed to improve the care of members with asthma.
Amerigroup Florida will provide the FDA-cleared mobile health solution
designed to help its members better manage their asthma, improve understanding
of symptoms and triggers and ultimately achieve control of the disease.

Asthmapolis uses a novel combination of snap-on sensors plus web and mobile
applications that track when and how often patients use their inhaled
medications. The platform, available in both English and Spanish, is designed
to help people stick with their daily preventive medications, reveal insights
about their use of rescue medications and provide personalized feedback,
targeted education and other tools that improve members' ability to manage
their own disease.

Targeted Amerigroup Florida members with asthma will receive ongoing
educational outreach through email, text, mobile apps and phone support from a
certified asthma educator. Members who opt in to the program may also share
information about their medication use with their health care provider and
care givers, giving them the ability to monitor whether their treatment is
truly controlling symptoms.

"This new approach will reduce the number of preventable asthma attacks and
asthma related emergency room visits and hospitalizations for our members,"
said Amerigroup Florida Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eina Fishman. "Focusing on
disease education and management, and the importance of proper medication use
will help our members understand the importance of controlling their asthma so
they may live happier, healthier lives."

"By using the Asthmapolis platform, Amerigroup has made it much easier for its
Florida members to track and understand their symptoms, triggers and
medication use, a key recommendation of the US national guidelines on asthma
management" said David Van Sickle, CEO and Co-Founder of Asthmapolis. "Our
work shows that digital support can help patients in managing the disease,
resulting in meaningful improvements in asthma control. This in turn can
contribute to fewer unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital admissions,
and enable patients to achieve a higher quality of life. We're excited to work
with Amerigroup Florida to help them and their members reduce the burden of
asthma in their community."

About Amerigroup
Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest
company focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially
vulnerable Americans. Currently serving approximately 2.7 million members in
13 states nationwide, Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that
improve health care access and quality for our members, while proactively
working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. Together with
WellPoint's affiliated health plans, we serve more than 4.5 million
beneficiaries of state sponsored health plans in 20 states, making us the
nation's leading provider of health care solutions for public programs.
Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or
disability.

About Asthmapolis
Asthmapolis was founded in 2010 with the goal of improving the management of
asthma for people and healthcare professionals. The company's inhaler sensors,
mobile applications and other tools enable individuals with asthma and their
physicians to gain more awareness of asthma control and understanding of
triggers, while also providing public health researchers with timely,
comprehensive and objective data on the burden of asthma in communities.
Asthmapolis has partnered with organizations such as the Air Pollution and
Respiratory Health Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the California HealthCare Foundation, Dignity Health and others.
For more information, please visit www.asthmapolis.com.

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SOURCE Asthmapolis

Website: http://www.asthmapolis.com
Contact: Erica St. Angel, +1-608-251-0470
 
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