24.3.1 - Home spirometry - the benefits of portable devices

27 Feb 24

Home spirometry: the benefits of portable devices

With the rise of telemedicine, researchers and physicians alike are devoting increasing attention to the opportunities offered by portable spirometers and devices for remote patient monitoring and data collection. This is also true for home spirometry, which is becoming quite popular among patients and healthcare professionals.

The benefits of portable spirometers for remote data collection

Indeed, portable spirometers can offer several benefits, especially when it comes to monitoring existing conditions and preventing symptoms exacerbation. Here are some of the advantages of home spirometry and why you should consider getting a portable device for remote data collection.

1. Portability

As obvious as it may sound, portability is definitely one of the features that make home spirometry so popular. Portable spirometers are generally compact and lightweight, without lacking precision and reliability when compared to standard devices, making them easy to carry and transport, not only for patients, but for professionals as well.

In fact, portability translates into more flexibility for physicians, allowing them to perform spirometry tests during house calls or visits outside of medical facilities, while patients, on the other hand, can keep track of their lung function without frequent visits to healthcare facilities.

2. Ease of use

Home-use spirometers are generally very easy to use. Since they are intended for non-educated personnel – not to mention how often they are used for monitoring lung disease progression in children – they have to be intuitive and user-friendly.

Portable spirometers are often equipped with dedicated software and wireless connectivity, allowing users to connect them to laptops or smart devices, so that their results can be easily stored, reviewed and analyzed.

3. Easy record updating and real-time monitoring

Since portable spirometers usually come with a dedicated app, the collected data can be converted into printable formats, such as PDFs, and sent to a physician for record updating. This allows healthcare professionals to efficiently follow their patients’ progression, as well as share their data with colleagues or other doctors if needed.

Moreover, some devices allow for real-time monitoring, meaning that healthcare professionals can promptly intervene in case anomalies or emergencies are detected.

4. More patient engagement

This is a less-known advantage of home spirometry, but remote monitoring can effectively improve clinical outcomes in patients with chronic lung conditions. This happens mainly because of two reasons:

  1. Better education: patients are more aware of their health status and follow treatment plans more consistently.
  2. More control over personal health: since they can immediately see the effects of their efforts, patients are more prone to actively making the needed adjustments to their lifestyles and habits.

5. Affordability

Smaller healthcare practices or facilities with limited resources may find portable spirometers more affordable than larger models. This, however, is a real advantage provided that they choose reliable devices that adhere to current standards and regulations.

With over 30 years of experience in the field of Spirometry and Oximetry, MIR is able to provide better solutions for remote data collection. Its wide range of products includes portable spirometers with several features, such as:

  • USB and Bluetooth connection.
  • Pediatric incentive animations.
  • Traffic light system for immediate test interpretation.
  • SpO2 and pulse rate shown directly on display.
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery and large internal memory.

Find out more on our official website.

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