Asthma Education Delivered Online by Doctors Using Vivacare Patient Education Service

Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — The 17 million Americans suffering from asthma can now learn about asthma treatment options and asthma self-management from the source they trust most…..their own doctor.

Physicians enrolled for Vivacare’s From Your Doctor patient education can publish patient handouts and other educational resources to their own practice Websites, providing their patients with convenient access to in-depth health information that helps them understand and manage their condition.

Vivacare has recently expanded the asthma education offering to include a wide variety of titles, including types of asthma (allergic asthma, exercise-induced asthma, occupational asthma and childhood asthma), medical tests (chest x-ray, peak flow meter), medications (inhaled brochodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene inhibitors and others), and asthma management tools (asthma action plan, asthma diary)

Allergists, family physicians, internists, pediatricians, pulmonologists and other medical specialists that diagnose and treat asthma can use the Vivacare service to enhance patient care. Physicians can easily edit the content to reflect their own professional perspective and unique approach to care. An allergist can provide his or her own tips on creating an allergen-free home or suggestions on using a peak flow meter.

For instance, [Dr. James Baker , an allergist in private practice at Baker Allergy, Asthma and Dermatology in Portland, Oregon has published a variety of patient handouts regarding allergic and respiratory conditions.

“Asthma can be a difficult disease to manage. Patients must learn how to use an inhaler, how to track their symptoms, follow an asthma action plan, and know when to seek medical attention during an asthma attack", said Dr. Mark Becker, pediatrician and President of Vivacare. “In its effort to improve patient care, Vivacare has enhanced the asthma education tools available to physicians to help them manage their patients with asthma.”

Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the airways with intermittent bronchospasm that results in coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Although asthma symptoms may worsen during episodes called “asthma attacks, it is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management. Severe cases of asthma can be life-threatening. Asthma medications and other treatment recommendations are past on the type of asthma, its severity, the age of the patient, responses to past treatments, possible side effects and presence of other medical conditions.

About Vivacare Vivacare is a physician-founded patient company based in Berkeley, California that makes it easy for medical professionals to share practical health information with their patients, leading to improved clinical care and patient satisfaction. The patient education service is designed to fit the needs of 12 medical specialties, including allergy, dermatology, family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics.


Mary Ann Walker