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The Last Mile in Asthma Treatment

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Today I read this article which was posted on LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago, written by the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She hit the nail on the head. Asthma treatment usually begins and ends in the clinic, or worse, in the emergency room, while it should begin and end in the home, in most cases. Simple corrections in the indoor environment, such as removal of mold and allergens, can, and do, reduce hospitalizations, emergency room visits, medication usage and family stress. It’s been proven in thousands of studies, but the data has never been put to use on a large scale.

Unfortunately, most of the people who need these changes most live in lower socioeconomic situations and lack the resources and awareness to handle it on their own. They need data and support to rally the troops to apply pressure where it needs to be applied, most often toward the landlords. At the end of the day, we all pay for this in the form of higher insurance premiums and taxes. It’s preventable, and needs to be addressed.

This is something I’ve talked about for years. It’s refreshing to see the real thought leaders in this space seeing this opportunity, and starting to run with it.

The last mile in asthma treatment can’t be run in the doctor’s office, it must be run in the home.

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