The ongoing 'silent epidemic' of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), affecting over 25 million adults in the United States, calls for urgent action. With COPD ranking as the sixth leading cause of death in the country and up to 50% of affected individuals undiagnosed, the situation is dire. In light of November's National COPD Awareness Month, a four-point plan has been proposed to accelerate the early diagnosis of the disease and enhance patient support.
Increasing Awareness and Improving Diagnosis
Increased awareness and improved diagnostic and screening processes are paramount in combating COPD. The COPD State Briefs reveal Alabama as one of 11 states with the highest prevalence of COPD. The others include Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The Lung Association recommends urgent actions to reduce the disease's burden, especially in these states.
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Embracing Technology for COPD Management
The plan also emphasizes the urgent need for monitoring devices and the implementation of virtual care. Lorenzo Consoli, Founder and CEO of NuvoAir, a company that offers a virtual care model integrating personalized care with technology and a multidisciplinary team for better heart and lung condition management, advocates for this. With an MBA from Wharton, experience at Novartis in Switzerland, and a successful gluten-free startup in Italy, Consoli brings a unique perspective to the battle against COPD.
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