ALLENTOWN, Pa.July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of mortality in the United States.  Additionally, readmission rates for this patient population are among the highest of any chronic condition.  In fact, Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina reports COPD as the 3rd leading cause for readmission within it’s system.

It is well documented that proper care, planning and education of both the patient and their family can impact readmission and improve quality of life for patients.

With a long reputation to tackle healthcare challenges Vidant Health and PMD Healthcare are collaborating on a COPD readmission reduction program that will be conducted at Vidant’s 900+ bed Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Patients admitted to Vidant Medical Center with a primary diagnosis of COPD will be evaluated upon discharge for inclusion in a remote patient monitoring program utilizing PMD Healthcare’s Spiro PD 2.0 and Wellness Management System (WMS) remote monitoring program.  Vidant’s care team will utilize automated care plans and PMD’s WMS Platform to monitor patients’ biometrics, medication adherence and symptoms via WIFI enabled technology supporting real time data review by the Vidant team.

Study objectives include:

  1. Evaluation of 30- 60 and 90 day readmissions of COPD patients in the study compared to non- study patients.
  2. Evaluation of 30- 60 and 90 day visits to the emergency room of COPD patients in the study compared to non- study patients.
  3. Measure medication adherence as assessed by the Spiro 2.0 WMS program.
  4. Demonstrate patient engagement as assessed by per protocol use of the Spiro 2.0.

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,439-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multispecialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in 80 practice sites. Vidant Health is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant Health has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

About PMD Healthcare

Founded in 2010, PMD Healthcare is a Medical Device, Digital Health, and Chronic Care Management Service Company with a mission dedicated to creating innovative solutions that empower people to improve their healthcare and quality of life. With that intent focus, PMD developed the first ever personal spirometer, Spiro PD, which was approved by the FDA in 2011.  PMD is now launching several new remote monitoring products including its second-generation spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and its HIPPA compliant Wellness Management System (WMS). To learn more about PMD Healthcare, please visit