Novartis, Qualcomm Partner for Digitally Enhanced InhalerBy
Novartis has formed a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc.,a wireless technology company, to provide digital enhancement for Novartis’ Breezhaler inhaler device to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Under this collaboration, Qualcomm Life will provide the technology solution for the connectivity of the Breezhaler inhaler, a device used for Novartis’ portfolio of COPD treatments of Onbrez Breezhaler, Seebri Breezhaler, and Ultibro Breezhaler.
This next generation of the Breezhaler inhaler will enable patients to have access to their own data on the use of their inhaler in near real time. The small, disposable and low-power module contained within the inhaler device can detect and report usage, the time that the inhaler is used, as well as additional relevant information for patients and physicians. The module then wirelessly sends the data to the patient’s smartphone and a Novartis COPD mobile application, which sends the data to the cloud, allowing patients and potentially their healthcare providers to monitor their COPD. The connected device will be ready for use by patients, with no assembly required.
Novartis said it aims to be the first company in respiratory medicine to offer a completely integrated, connected delivery device.