Cystic fibrosis is a challenging disease state to manage as treatment regimens are complex and time-consuming. Patients may suffer from reduced quality of life due to the burden of adherence, and low adherence may affect patients’ lung function or lead to more frequent exacerbations and hospitalizations. Digital Health Technology (DHT) tools may provide support, and AmerisourceBergen has created an iPhone application called Phlo to assist patients with their treatment regimens. Phlo, along with eight smart buttons that pair to the app, integrates into the patient’s home and makes it easy to record their adherence. Data from the app is visible to the patient and healthcare team. The app shows their medication delivery schedule and allows them to set individualized goals and track quality of life over time. This case study showcases the experience of a 35-year-old female cystic fibrosis patient who was given access to this DHT for a six-month time period. Healthcare utilization, lung function, and quality of life were measured at baseline and throughout the usage period. DHT use may have contributed to modest benefits in decreasing length of hospital stay, increasing outpatient visits, improving lung function, and enhancing the patient’s overall quality of life. Further research is needed to elucidate the effects of this adjunctive DHT and show statistical significance, but it may prove to be a beneficial tool in CF management moving forward.
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