AETONIX ENTERS INTO DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIP WITH RESPIPLUS™ TO ENHANCE DELIVERY OF WORLD-RENOWNED COPD SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

November 17, 2020 — Aetonix and RESPIPLUS™ have entered into a partnership to facilitate better health outcomes for patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, a chronic inflammatory lung disease, is the third leading cause of death globally and affects millions around the world.

RESPIPLUS™ will harness the power of Aetonix’s mobile care platform, aTouchAwayTM, to enhance the worldwide delivery of its Living Well with COPD program. This program, supported by more than 40 scientific publications, provides COPD patients with educational resources for self-management while aiding physicians and healthcare professionals with their care plans.

The aTouchAway platform dramatically improves patient outcomes through virtual communication, education, remote patient monitoring, care plan management, and clinical workflows. Its strength is being able to connect patients and clinicians through remote monitoring.

“This is crucial as the world struggles with COVID-19 and must turn towards technology to ensure patients’ needs are being met in a safe and effective way,” says Michel Paquet, CEO and Founder of Aetonix. “aTouchAway is the right solution to deliver the Living Well with COPD program seamlessly and successfully to significantly improve patient outcomes.”

Aetonix is driving change through Care Pathways. These are evidence-based approaches to creating a patient care plan that is structured, personalised and followed by a multidisciplinary team, which is then deployed via aTouchAway.

The “COPD Care. Pathway to Live Life Well Program, by RESPIPLUS™, will help patients around the world monitor their symptoms daily to identify exacerbations. A patient’s care team can view this in real time.

In addition, it will provide educational resources that cover topics such as self-management of symptoms and medication, modelling healthy lifestyle choices and breathing and airway clearance techniques.

“Aetonix is providing us with an opportunity to automate and scale up the Living Well with COPD program so that many other clinics, hospitals and care centres have access to our world-renowned program,” says Maria Sedeno, Executive Director of RESPIPLUS™. “We know we have the best of the best but everyone needs to have access to this program. This partnership makes this possible on a global level.”

Dr. Jean Bourbeau has been researching COPD for 20 years. His Care Pathway to improve outcomes for patients has been used in 15 countries and by tens of thousands of people annually.

“Of all chronic diseases, COPD is likely the most neglected,” says Dr. Bourbeau. “While it is common — as the third leading cause of death globally — it’s the first cause of hospitalization. Physicians and health care systems require an effective and more efficient platform to provide the best care to this (COPD) population. Aetonix helps us do this internationally.”

The COPD Care Pathway to Live Life Well Program, by RESPIPLUS™, using Aetonix technology, will launch in February 2021.

About Aetonix: 

Aetonix is changing lives daily with its virtual care platform, aTouchAway, which provides telehealth, care pathways and remote patient monitoring to optimize connected health. Its face-to-face communication platform is revolutionizing the way families, healthcare professionals and patients receive care. Over 250 hospitals and tens of thousands of patients use Aetonix globally. For more information, please visit: aetonix.com

About RESPIPLUS™: 

The Living Well with COPD self-management program by RESPIPLUS™ was created to help patients, affected by the disease, learn skills to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours. The program offers a series of modules with interactive tools and videos that explore topics, such as managing stress and acuity, preventing symptoms and saving energy and being healthy with COPD. Medical experts, in collaboration with patients, created the program. For more information, please visit: livingwellwithcopd.com

To arrange interviews, please contact: 

Rob Lane
COO, Aetonix
rob.lane@aetonix.com

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care pathway

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COPD Education – Onboarding

Objective

To complete a thorough needs assessment / initial evaluation for a COPD patient of an outpatient clinic

Actors
Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT, the Physician could also be the educator)

Timelines
One 60-90 min session with the Educator

Description
  • This protocol should be established for all COPD patients from a given clinic, independently of whether they are new patients or they are known to the clinic. This protocol is the basis to engage the patient into other protocols such as education, exacerbation follow-up, etc.
  • We need to identify patient goals/concerns to guide the interventions
  • A thorough evaluation is carried on, with the objective of understanding where the patient is on their disease journey and follow-up treatable traits: dyspnea, exacerbation or dyspnea and exacerbation.
  • It includes the use of objective questionnaires such as the mMRC, CAT, HADS, Frailty Scale, etc.
  • Identify if the patient needs to be referred to other resources (e.g. Physiotherapist, social worker, occupational therapist)
  • Once Onboarding is completed, the patient continues to the COPD Education workflow
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COPD Education – Continuous Maintenance

Objective 

To cover in depth all the necessary elements of self-management education as per the LWWCOPD, with priorities based on patient goals and identified treatable traits

Actors
Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT or Physician)

Timelines
A number of “Core” educational modules have been identified which cover the basic COPD education from the LWWCOPD program. Additionally, optional modules can be used to respond to patient needs. The timeline (frequency, number of modules to be covered at a given education session) is fully customizable, although we recommend to have education sessions every 2-weeks during the “active” phase of education. Once this is completed, the patient continues to the Maintenance Mode (see below).

Description
  • Launched at the onboarding protocol
  • Provide basic overview of COPD self-management based on LWWCOPD (medication adherence, inhaler techniques, PLB technique & energy conservation) up to the development of an Action plan for early exacerbation recognition and management.
  • Prioritize self-learning by the patient (e.g. watching videos, reading educational materials, completing homework) in addition to live sessions with the Educator. Educational materials are sent to the patient directly via the platform, and become the patient’s own library. The Educator can customize which “homework” the patient receives.
  • Educators have access to “User guides” to standardise their educational intervention. These user guides include: objectives, interventions, suggested questions, evaluation of self-efficacy, and learning contracts for each module.
  • Once the core education is completed, the patient can continue to the Respiratory Status Follow-up Workflow (run in parallel)

The Maintenance Mode
  • As soon as the maintenance mode is engaged, the frequency of visits Educator/Patient is reduced to once every 6 months.
  • During the Maintenance Mode sessions, the educator has access to all the education modules and can choose any piece of content that needs to covered with the patient. 
  • A streamlined evaluation (similar to the initial eval.) is done during each “maintenance” visit to identify any substantial changes on the patient’s needs that will require some adjustment. The patient could come back to an “active” education mode (more frequent education sessions, e.g. every 2 weeks).
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COPD Respiratory Status Follow-up

Objective

Monitoring of stable patients from a clinic in order to identify early any aggravation of symptoms (exacerbation) and implement an action plan

Actors
Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT or Physician)

Timelines
Scheduled regular automated follow-up to the patient symptoms. Intensity/Frequency can be adjusted by the Educator depending on patient needs (e.g. daily, every week, etc.). Ongoing through the year.

Description
  • Launch: Patients who have completed the Core Educational including setting-up an action plan.
  • Regular automated questions allow to identify any change in patient’s symptoms and severity.
  • If an exacerbation is detected the patient gets a reminder to engage their self-management strategies while waiting for the Educator to call back.
  • An alarm is generated for the Educator, so they immediately call back the patient. At this call they will evaluate any further intervention required and schedule additional follow-up.
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