Providing the most up-to-date diagnostic testing procedures and maximizing treatment options is essential for patient-centered care.
Diagnostic testing is typically rapid and is often almost painless. By identifying and understanding the underlying triggers to symptoms, specific avoidance recommendations and measures to decrease exposure can be offered to optimize treatment regimens while minimizing medications as much as possible.
In Office Treatment
Effectively controlling allergy and asthma symptoms requires an individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to enable patients to feel fewer symptoms with a reduced need for medications, while improving upon the quality of life they experience.
These treatment plans may include therapeutics that are administered in our office under supervision, such as allergen immunotherapy or treatment with biologic medications. These treatments are extremely effective, and may be considered for patients who require management beyond traditional medications.
Diagnostics at Home
Since the pandemic started, we have not been performing spirometry in our office for our asthma patients. Why? We haven’t figured out how to do it safely for our patients and staff. But, we still crave the data to help our patients manage asthma.
With remote patient monitoring, patients can perform spirometry safely at home on a daily basis with an easy-to-use spirometer that links to an app, and transmits data to a dashboard for daily monitoring. This service is covered by most commercial insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid.
This is so valuable for our adult patients who want to better understand their asthma control, to more tightly manage their asthma with a data-driven medication regimen, and identify exacerbations before symptoms even begin.
Remote spirometry is also approved for children as young as 5 years of age, and also helps parents to understand their child’s asthma, recognize if and when there is a need for controller therapy, and improve the medication compliance of adolescents and teens.
This will be transformational for patients who want to breathe better, sleep better, stop coughing, and be able to be active without feeling like they have to stop and catch their breath.