Closing Care Gaps

An incomplete picture of health

Most healthcare providers only get glimpses into their patients’ daily lives and the wide array of factors that determine their health. A patient with asthma or diabetes may only see their doctor once a quarter, but we know that so much of what impacts health occurs between visits, from activity levels and environmental exposures to protocol adherence.  In general, less information means worse outcomes, lower quality of life and overall higher healthcare costs.

Imagine an asthma patient named Melissa who is experiencing daily coughing and wheezing, even with her prescribed medication. Melissa visits her doctor hoping to address her symptoms, which are interrupting her work and personal life. Her symptoms frequently subside while at her doctor’s office. Despite lengthy troubleshooting and trial and error with numerous medications and care plans, her doctor is not able to adjust her care protocol. Melissa and her doctor are desperate for insights that can help, though without a more comprehensive view into all of the variables that could affect Melissa, there’s not much they can do.

A fuller picture of health for better outcomes

Melissa’s doctor decides the only way to treat her symptoms is to fully understand her lifestyle and routines to get a handle on the root causes of her issues. She wants to understand Melissa’s daily activity levels, genetic information, specific real-time reports of her symptoms, precise medication usage and more.

To start, Melissa’s doctor considers the environmental exposures that she may come in contact with each day. Melissa is well aware of the outdoor environmental factors, such as pollen and pollution, that contribute to her symptoms, but hasn’t considered indoor air quality (IAQ). The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, so IAQ is a critical factor in understanding health. Despite many studies showing that mold or moisture problems in residences were associated with 100% increases in lower respiratory symptoms indicative of asthma, most homes, offices and other facilities do not measure what is in the air indoors. Even small fluctuations in simple conditions like indoor temperature and humidity directly impact the presence and transmission of viruses, bacteria and mold. Cleaning products, paint, furniture, flooring and other indoor materials can also contribute to poor IAQ.

If Melissa’s doctor could measure, track and correlate the indoor air quality she was exposed to at work along with activity data from her Apple Watch, she would have realized that when Melissa gets less than six hours of sleep and arrives at work before 7 a.m., her symptoms flare. Melissa’s office is cleaned every evening with cleaning products that irritate her system. When she’s not well rested and arrives early (not giving the chemicals in the air enough time to dissipate), she becomes ill. When well rested, Melissa is less affected. It turns out that her seemingly random flare-ups are avoidable with the right insight.

This is where Nano is rethinking health. Our vision is to create a full picture of health for every person, encompassing all the important nuances and details from genetics to environmental factors. The Nano platform will enable healthcare providers to better treat their patients while filling in important data and decreasing overall costs.

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