Sensor-Based Electronic Monitoring for Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Activity description

There are notable racial and socioeconomic variabilities in the prevalence of childhood asthma, which affects up to nine million children nationwide, with higher prevalence, poorer outcomes and increased mortality rates noted in urban areas with low-income minority populations such as those found in Chicago and New York. The number of these cases is increasing, and emergency department visits and hospitalizations can be frequent. This activity will provide learners with an overview of the prevalence and geographic variability of pediatric asthma, in part through an analysis of data from Chicago, where this variability is especially notable. It will discuss ways to improve pediatric asthma, provide learners with updated management strategies and describe the potential of new technologies, such as sensor-based inhaler monitoring in children, to improve outcomes across diverse populations through an examination of the recent clinical trial, Improving Technology-Assisted Recording of Asthma Control in Children (iTRACC).

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, educators, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other health care providers (HCPs) who have an interest in childhood asthma.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Characterize the prevalence and geographic variability of pediatric asthma.
  • Recognize the benefits of sensor-based inhaler monitoring in children to improve medication adherence and outcomes across racially and economically diverse populations.
  • Describe the methodology and results of the clinical trial, Improving Technology-Assisted Recording of Asthma Control in Children (iTRACC), which utilized sensor based technology.
  • Discuss proper management strategies for pediatric asthma.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB
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Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH 
Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Clinical Attending
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR)
Chicago, IL


About the presenter

Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a clinical attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Gupta has more than 16 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher and currently serves as the founding director of the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR). She is world renowned for her groundbreaking research in the areas of food allergy and asthma epidemiology, most notably for her research on the prevalence of pediatric and adult food allergy in the United States. She has also significantly contributed to academic research in the areas of food allergy prevention, socioeconomic disparities in care, and the daily management of allergies and asthma. To reduce the burden of these diseases and improve health equity, she and her team develop, evaluate and disseminate interventions for families and conduct work to inform local, national and international health policies.

Dr. Gupta is the author of The Food Allergy Experience, has written and co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed research manuscripts and has had her work featured on major TV networks and in print media. She and her team strive to improve the lives of children and their families through their research and hope to continue finding answers and shaping policies around allergic conditions. 

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The planners and faculty of this activity have no financial relationships to disclose. 

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and OptumLabs. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
Interprofessional CEThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-161-H04-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB
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