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Smart Inhalers: The Value and the Challenge

Adding connectivity to inhalation devices offers promising potential for supporting medication adherence, proper inhaler usage, and improved outcomes, but scalability and business model issues must be resolved to accelerate development and adoption.

Medication non-adherence presents a serious issue across many chronic conditions, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As well as adversely impacting patients, it has significant economic ramifications for both healthcare systems and pharmaceutical companies.

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Iain Simpson is a Director of Front-End Innovation at Phillips-Medisize. He is part of a global team of engineers, designers, researchers, and business analysts developing industry-leading solutions for drug delivery, digital medicine, and connected health systems. Iain has more than 25 years of experience in multi-disciplinary technology and product development in the US and European markets, with an increasing emphasis on the use of devices and digital technologies to create product differentiation, improve patient engagement, and better measure clinical outcomes in real-world settings. He has a degree in Physics and a PhD in Experimental Solid-State Physics from UCL, UK, and an MBE in Technology Management from the Open University, UK.
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