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Respir Res. 2016 Apr 5;17:38. doi: 10.1186/s12931-016-0354-3.

Innovations in health information technologies for chronic pulmonary diseases.

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Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiologyok, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA.
Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 02115, USA.
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 02115, USA.


Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common chronic obstructive lung disorders in the US that affect over 49 million people. There is no cure for asthma or COPD, but clinical guidelines exist for controlling symptoms that are successful in most patients that adhere to their treatment plan. Health information technologies (HITs) are revolutionizing healthcare by becoming mainstream tools to assist patients in self-monitoring and decision-making, and subsequently, driving a shift toward a care model increasingly centered on personal adoption and use of digital and web-based tools. While the number of chronic pulmonary disease HITs is rapidly increasing, most have not been validated as clinically effective tools for the management of disease. Online communities for asthma and COPD patients are becoming sources of empowerment and support, as well as facilitators of patient-centered research efforts. In addition to empowering patients and facilitating disease self-management, HITs offer promise to aid researchers in identifying chronic pulmonary disease endotypes and personalized treatments based on patient-specific profiles that integrate symptom occurrence and medication usage with environmental and genomic data.

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