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Emmi Solutions Breaks Down Asthma Barriers

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Emmi Solutions to provide free asthma care to children and to help educate families on the best ways to manage asthma.

With the goal of creating solutions that promote healthy behaviors and improved quality of life, gaining a real understanding of the patient and family's experience is central to Emmi Solutions' development process. Emmi Solutions reached out to Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation in early 2007 to gain insight into the asthma community and to receive first-hand experience with children and families living with asthma.

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"What intrigued us about Emmi Solutions was the way their technology explained asthma care to our patients in an easily understood manner, using age-appropriate language and images," said Steve Samuelson, Executive Director of Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation. "We support Emmi because the products support and improve patient education and understanding, which are key components of Mobile C.A.R.E.'s philosophy of treatment."

At the heart of all EmmiHealth programs is an engaging, interactive, Web-based platform that empowers patients and their families with information they need to manage their chronic illnesses. A conversational female voice, accompanied by clear medical animations, offers practical ways patients and families can manage a chronic illness like asthma. Emmi researchers found that first-hand observations and interviews uncover insights that aren't available in scientific press and self-reported survey data. It is this consumer research that makes Emmi real, accessible and ultimately, effective.

"Partnering with Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation gives us a front seat view of the barriers and challenges that patients and their families face living with asthma, " said Michelle Melin-Rogovin, Director of Patient Advocacy for Emmi Solutions. "We're giving people the opportunity to have powerful conversations with their physicians by providing them with concrete tools, ultimately helping them to live a successful life with asthma."

Mobile C.A.R.E.'s Asthma Vans travel all over Chicago and have screened approximately 45,000 low-income children and conducted over 19,000 patient visits. And the organization is seeing the results of its efforts. In a study conducted from November 1, 1999 through December 31, 2006, Mobile C.A.R.E. treatment resulted in a more than 350% increase in asthma control and has significantly reduced asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations among its patients.