Tiny Medical Apps are very proud to announce that they have been awarded funding by SBRI Healthcare, an Accelerated Access Collaborative, in partnership with the Greener NHS programme and Health Innovation Network, for their work on Patient Led Asthma Inhaler Net zero Initiative (PLAIN I). The awarded funding aims to improve patient care and save money whilst also making the NHS greener.

The “Patient Led Asthma Inhaler Net Zero Initiative” (PLAIN I) by Digital Health Passport (DHP) targets a significant reduction in the NHS’s carbon footprint by empowering asthma patients to choose environmentally friendly inhalers. This SBRI Phase 1 submission aims to shift the focus from clinician-driven inhaler recommendations to a patient-led approach, enhancing patient autonomy and reducing the carbon emissions associated with asthma treatments.

Key Commitments and Deliverables:

  1. Behavioural Change: Utilising the existing Digital Health Passport app, the initiative will identify patients using high-carbon inhalers and encourage them to switch to lower carbon alternatives through tailored in-app educational programs and prompts.
  2. Patient Empowerment: The project empowers patients to make informed choices about their inhaler use, thereby improving their asthma management while significantly reducing their environmental impact.
  3. Integration with NHS Systems: The app will connect with NHS GP systems to facilitate the identification and transition of patients towards greener inhaler options.
  4. Comprehensive Evaluation: The effectiveness of the initiative will be measured through the app, tracking changes in inhaler prescriptions and providing a cost-effective method for ongoing evaluation.
  5. Educational Outreach: A substantial effort will be made to educate patients about the environmental impacts of their treatment choices and to motivate them to discuss these options with their healthcare providers.

Expected Outcomes:

  • A measurable shift in the prescription of asthma inhalers towards options with a lower environmental impact.
  • Enhanced patient education regarding the environmental and health impacts of their inhaler choices.
  • Increased patient engagement in managing their asthma, supported by the Digital Health Passport app’s features like medication reminders, symptom tracking, and trigger avoidance.

Environmental Impact:

The project aligns with the NHS’s net-zero goals by focusing on reducing the carbon footprint from inhaler use, which is a significant contributor to NHS carbon emissions. Transitioning patients to inhalers with a lower carbon profile is expected to significantly reduce overall carbon emissions related to asthma treatment.

This initiative represents a pivotal step in aligning clinical practices with environmental sustainability goals within the NHS, showcasing how patient-centric digital health interventions can contribute to broader health system objectives like achieving net zero. The findings and methodologies from this project are expected to serve as a model for other healthcare interventions aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Read more on the SBRI Healthcare Website.