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App could reduce COPD hospital readmissions, developer says


PHILADELPHIA – The use of an app called SmartScope could cut hospital readmissions of COPD patients by up to 40%, says its developer.

Study: CPAP reduces risk of death from COPD, sleep apnea


DARIEN, Ill. – Researchers have found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy reduces the mortality rate of those with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), referred to as overlap syndrome.

You have to hand it to the VA

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I’m not saying the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is perfect in the way it provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.

Report: COPD on the rise among women


WASHINGTON – Women are 37% more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to the disease in the United States, according to a report from the American Lung Association.

ResMed 'plans to stay ahead of the game'


SAN DIEGO – Despite pervasive reimbursement pressures, ResMed officials have reported solid earnings for the third quarter and outlined “major growth horizons” for the company’s future.

FDA approves ResMed vent for COPD patients


SAN DIEGO – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared ResMed’s variable positive airway pressure (VPAP) device for the treatment of COPD, according to a press release.

Research firm targets COPD


DUBLIN, Ireland – Research and Markets, a source for market analysis and reports, now offers a market overview for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a press release.

Alana drives down readmissions


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A year into a high-touch disease management program, Alana Healthcare has reduced readmission rates for stage IV COPD patients with respiratory failure between 40% and 73%.

Telehealth to expand rapidly over next five years, study says


NORTHAMPTON, U.K. – By 2017, the number of patients remotely monitored by their healthcare provider is expected to balloon to 1.8 million patients worldwide, according to a new study from InMedica, a medical technology research division of IMS Research.