A world-first project overlaying real-time health data with air pollution information is taking off in Christchurch with the recruitment of citizen data collectors.
The trust leading the project, Sensing City, wants to recruit 150 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD sufferers in collaboration with the Canterbury District Health Board CDHB.
They will be invited to sign up on a voluntary basis after being admitted to Christchurch Hospital with exacerbated COPD symptoms.”
We will also be approaching people who have been admitted previously. They will get a letter inviting them to participate in the study,” said manager Canterbury respiratory research group Dr Malina Storer.
The participants will be given “Smartinhaler” kits made by Auckland firm Nexus6 to wrap around their inhalers that will automatically record where and when they use their medication.