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Airbridge: Digital Lung Care

Keywords: Asthma, Digital Application, Digital Health Infrastructure, Remote Monitoring
Digital solution and service (e.g. application/digital health portal/platform/AI based system/etc.)
Astma, Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, Allergy
Short description
About: Airbridge (Luchtbrug) is a digital health platform to support ‘hybrid healthcare’ for patients with lung disease (e.g. Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, etc…). Luchtbrug aims at combining innovative home monitoring with indivualised treatment plans and advice. Luchtbrug has been proven feasible, safe, effective and cost-effective and is currently in use in 25 hospitals in The Netherlands. Currently available home monitoring tools include: Asthma Control Test (ACT & children’s-ACT), Chronic Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma Test (CARAT & CARAT-kids), modified Fuchs Criteria (CF symptom score), CF-Quality of Life (CFQ-R), Home spirometry (MIR Spirobank smart), Smartinhalers (Findair). Home monitoring aids provide realtime feedback to the patient, and automated feedback to health care professionals. Development: Airbridge was developed by Radboud University Medical Center with financial support from The Dutch Lung Foundation and The Dutch Healthcare Insurer’s Innovation Fund. It further received support from the Dutch Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Privacy: All collected data are (only) available for participating hospitals and a research infrastructure is provided, including digital informed consent. Business model: Airbridge is a non-profit digital health platform that seeks for partnerships throughout Europe to offer digital healthcare for a variety of (chronic) diseases. Once developed, functionality is available for all partners. Although currently focused on lung-disease, Airbridge is open for partnerships outside the Lung-disease area.
Impact on health outcomes, Economic value to health and care systems, Economic value to patients, Impact on the health system’s capacity and resilience (e.g., health and care efficiency, continuity of care)
The practice/case/tool is “on the market” and integrated in routine use. There is proven market impact in terms of job creation/spin-off creation or other company growth
Aitrbridge has been proven safe, effective and cost-effective and is in use in 25 hospitals in The Netherlands, supporting thousands of patients
Geographical scope
The modular setup allows Airbridge to be scaled-up to other countries/languages without high cost
25 sites, > 4000 users
Submitted in other database or repository of digital health resources that is publicly available

Additional information

to clinicians / care practitioners
Clinical decision support
Care pathway tracking and adherence
Clinical team care planning and collaboration tools (e.g. digital shared care plan)
Alerting systems for abnormal test results
Escalation systems tracking home monitoring data streams
to patients / citizens
Remote monitoring apps/health outcomes tracking
Sensors/wearable devices
Telehealth and telemedicine
Personalised prevention apps
Health promotion and wellness apps and wearables/virtual coaches
Digital tools to support health education (health literacy)/digital health literacy
Digital tools to support patient feedback and reporting of outcomes and experiences
Self-management/ICT supporting adherence to medication and care-plans
Primary target patient group (age)
Children (5-14), Youth and young adults (15-24), Adults (25-64)
Addressed prevention area(s)
Nutrition and diet, Fitness and physical activity, Education, Mental health
Use case and care pathway positioning
Treatment, Disease monitoring, treatment compliance, self-management, Early detection and early diagnosis, precision diagnosis, Prevention and wellness, Clinical trial data collection, Reuse of data for research
Airbridge is connected to the two major Electronic Health Records (Epic, Chipsoft) in the Netherlands through single sign-on (both) and FHIR (Epic)
Ready to be transferred to
The practice has been transferred in other locations, regions or national scale in the same country.
Plans for cross-border implementation
Are considered and will be developed in the near future
Connectivity of the solution with regional and/or national services
Airbridge is connected to the two major Electronic Health Records (Epic, Chipsoft) in the Netherlands through single sign-on (both) and FHIR (Epic)