Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of deaths worldwide. With the prevalence of 251 million cases of COPD across the globe last year, and 3.17 million deaths, it is becoming clear that the disease requires more effective ways to counter, for both new patients and medical providers.
Treating this disease requires frequent visits to clinic, as well as medical experts to convey advice on breathing exercises for people coping up with the disease. However, the instruction is one-way; there are no effective checks on whether the patient is performing the breathing exercises with precision.
Contemporary softwares in the market for COPD patients do not track the breathing rhythms of patients. The patients perform exercises only on instructions and no positive reinforcement or feedback is given. A medical startup however has stepped in to cater the patients.
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Exheale, which brands itself as a rehabilitation application, intends to fill the gap in the market by employing advanced sound tracking algorithms to gauge patient exercises.
Serving as a rehabilitation application for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients, it allows patients to monitor their progress and help them record their breathing exercises. Feedback is given to the patients regarding their exercise, allowing them to follow doctor’s instructions and perform the exercises with efficiency.
Gearing up with Virtual Force, Exheale created an engaging mobile application that would serve as its cornerstone for its operations. The app was designed to be intuitive and easy to use, specially for patients not adept at technology.
At its launch, the Exheale app incorporated the following features:
Patients can sign in the platform using their Facebook credentials. This removes the necessity to make separate accounts on the website, thus facilitating the customers.
The app provides regulated breathing exercises as its primary benefit. The users are asked to breathe in-and-out in a specific ratio. After the patients breathe in to the app on mobile, they are given feedback on whether they followed up rightly on the exercises. If not, correction is given to the patient in an easy-to-follow manner.
Patient’s progress can be tracked and improvements are automatically pointed out after breathing exercises. Progress is kept for each activity.
Detailed records about exercise history and statistics are kept in log books for each patient. Consisting of actionable data, it can be viewed by medical practitioners, if required.
So far, Exheale has served hundreds of patients in its closed beta version. Patients have reported improvement in their rehabilitation exercises while keeping an effective check on their breathing patterns.
Satisfied with the outcomes set at the outset of the launch, here is what the founders had to say about its technology partner, Virtual Force:
“When it comes to software development, there are hundreds of suppliers out there nowadays. However, when it comes to an institution dedicated to helping start-ups excel under reasonable parameters, I can only think Virtual Force. Their dedication and compassion towards small start-up companies such as ours is a complete breath of fresh air, and it gave us the confidence to continue on the hard journey that is starting a business. They helped us transform a simple idea for a COPD healthcare app into our company’s very first product. “
Director & Co-Founder
MIDA Medical Technologies