Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+)
Bookmark and Share
clear spacerMedia Information Center

Search for news releases

 Print this page Print     Email to a friend Email

Asthmapolis Begins Enrollment of Patients in Asthma Study

Inhaler Sensors Will Track Usage, Collect Data

Louisville, KY (July 11, 2012) – With the help of Madison, Wis.-based Asthmapolis, Louisville’s asthma demonstration project has begun enrolling patients in a free, year-long asthma study to help the city identify possible causes of asthma attacks in the region and to help patients better manage their illness. Enrollment will include up to 500 participants and will take place at 11 Walgreens locations across the city from now until November 2012.

Louisville-area residents that meet the following criteria are invited to participate in the study:

  • Have a medical diagnosis of asthma and do not have an accompanying diagnosis of COPD or lung cancer
  • Have a current prescription for an emergency inhaler (e.g., albuterol)
  • Speak English and are age 5 or older
  • Have Internet and/or email access to receive reports, including a compatible communication device (“smart phone”) such as an Android or iPhone

Participants will be provided with the Asthmapolis inhaler sensor, which attaches to the top of medications that are used to relieve symptoms in the event of an asthma attack. When an inhaler is used, the sensor works with the participant’s cell phone to transmit the time and location of the attack to the company’s computer network. Of the total participants receiving the Asthmapolis inhaler sensor, 100 will also have a sensor provided to track their use of controller medication.

“This study will be a valuable opportunity for the city of Louisville to gain new insight into asthma trends in the area, and for participants to be able to better manage their asthma,” said David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Asthmapolis. “We’re excited to be contributing our inhaler sensor technology to this important project and hope that it will serve as a model for future public health projects in other locations with high rates of asthma.”

The study is being funded by Norton Healthcare, Owsley Brown Charitable Foundation and The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

“This new, user-friendly technology has the potential to improve compliance with inhalers and to assist the physician with more timely management when asthma flares,” said Dr. Joshua Honaker, System Vice President, Physician Services of Norton Healthcare Inc. “As a result, patients and families may be able to avoid ER visits and hospitalizations.”

Louisville also received a Smarter Cities Challenge grant from IBM, which will provide technical assistance and help explore other sources of data for potential connections between asthma and the environment.

“Louisville is involved in pioneering work in the health data analytics field,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This is the kind of thinking that makes us a world-class city, and will allow us to tackle a problem like asthma head-on.”

The IBM team will arrive in Louisville in August to look at other data types that also affect asthma attacks, including traffic congestion, vegetation cycles and weather.

"As cities compete on quality of place, smarter cities like Louisville will lead using tools like these," said Ted Smith, director of the city’s Department of Economic Growth and Innovation.

Louisville ranks high among U.S cities in both allergens and poor air quality, two major triggers of asthma. A 2009 survey indicated that 15 percent of adults surveyed in Louisville had asthma, which is higher than both the state rate of 14.9 percent and the national percentage of 13.5.

To learn more about the project or enroll please speak with a pharmacist at one of the participating Walgreens locations or go to

Walgreens Louisville Enrollment Locations
3421 W. Broadway
2368 Frankfort Ave.
2420 Lime Kiln Lane
7338 Dixie Highway
2021 Hikes Lane
4025 Taylorsville Road
9409 Shelbyville Road
13807 English Villa Drive
200 E. Broadway
808 Eastern Parkway

The Asthmapolis medication system and associated software has not been cleared for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

# # #

About Asthmapolis
Asthmapolis was founded in 2010 with the goal of improving the management of asthma for patients and healthcare professionals. The company’s medication sensors, mobile applications and other tools enable asthma patients and their physicians to gain more awareness of asthma control and understanding of triggers, while also providing public health researchers with timely, comprehensive and objective data on the burden of asthma in communities. Asthmapolis has partnered with organizations such as the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California HealthCare Foundation, Catholic HealthCare West and others. For more information, please visit

Medical Care

Pregnancy & Prenatal Classes
Weight Loss
Heart Disease
Women's Health
More Medical Care


Immediate Care
Health Centers
Emergency Room
Doctors Offices
Affiliate Hospitals

Patients and Visitors

Pay Your Bill
Request an Appointment
Get Healthy
Support Groups
Fitness Groups
Mobile Applications
Clinical Trials
Online Nursery
Classes and Events
Send an eCard
Patient Stories
Patient and Family Advisory Council
Places to Stay
Say Thanks
Risk Assessments

About Us

Quality Report 
Ways to Help
Community Outreach
Contact Us
(502) 629-1234

Connect with us

© 2015 Norton Healthcare
Serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana