What is Asthmaniac and why do you need it? I’m Dr. Tim Ryschon and I have an asthma solution for you.
* Asthmaniac.com is my online asthma clinic
* Asthmaniac is designed to be affordable, convenient, and reliable.
* Asthmaniac follows national quality standards developed at NIH
* Asthmaniac uses your phone to make your care convenient and engaging
What is Asthmaniac?
Asthmaniac is the name of my podcast which is also the name of my telemedicine clinic.
My clinic, Asthmaniac.com, is 100% online. Using this online method, I can deliver phone and video-based encounters that focus on just your asthma.
These visits are designed to achieve stabilization of your asthma so you can avoid asthma attacks and enjoy worry-free breathing for an active life.
.My strategy depends on making you the expert of your asthma.
This will allow you to react quickly to changes in your breathing.
It will also equip you to tell me how your asthma action plan is working, since you will really understand it.
What Makes Asthmaniac Different from a Traditional Clinic?
- A 100% focus on asthma control.
- It is based on National Standards and the most modern methods of asthma control.
- It uses 100% online phone and video visits.
- Doctor visits are priced at $50 each and you can pay online – no insurance needed.
- It uses 100% electronic medication prescriptions – sent direct to your pharmacy.
- It uses proven online symptom assessment.
- It tracks lung function by Peak Expiratory Flow.
- It delivers follow-up visits to assure effective control.
- It gives you a usable and continuously updated Asthma Action Plan.
Why focus on Asthma?
There are many health problems facing all of us. I have spent 30 years learning about and treating them.
A few of these disorders stand out as being controllable.
Asthma is one of those. Asthma control has been the topic of extensive research which has led to the development of clearly defined treatment directions .
These guidelines for doctors to follow have been refined since first released in 1991 with updates in 2002 and 2007.
Despite these clear directions, asthma care remains poor in the U.S.
Asthmaniac is My Solution for this Problem.
- Asthmaniac focuses only on asthma.
That allows me to really drill into the most current techniques for asthma control, patient education, and how to deliver care.
- Asthmaniac is built around the well-defined National Standards for Asthma Care.
That means everything I recommend is state-of-the-art and based on evidence, science, and clinical practice.
- Asthmaniac leverages smartphone and telemedicine methods
It is no longer acceptable to require you to come to a clinic when I can do everything that you and I need to accomplish by voice and video. Delivering doctor visits by phone and video is way less expensive for me which allows me to reduce the cost of the doctor visit for you.
It’s also more convenient for you to get your doctor visit from wherever you are, right?
- No Insurance Needed
Your ability to get great asthma care should not be gummed up by an insurance issue. That’s why I keep the insurance companies out of our visits and keep the cost of the visit fair and reasonable for an out-of-pocket expense.
- Electronic Prescriptions
It is kind of ridiculous in this electronic era that you’d have to take a paper prescription to the pharmacy for your medication. In my system, these medication orders are transmitted electronically. That keeps your care convenient and efficient and no paper to lose!
- Online Symptom Assessment
Years of asthma research have produced convenient ways to track your asthma symptoms. These surveys can be used to give an early sign that your asthma is out of control and vice versa, can be reassuring proof that your asthma action plan is working. I have integrated one of these surveys, the Asthma Control Test (ACT) into my clinic and you can take it anytime on your phone, tablet or desktop computer at https://asthmaniac.com/asthma-control-test. After you complete the test, your score is sent to you along with my recommendations.
- Peak Expiratory Flow
Knowing how your lungs are performing is really important in planning your medication and asthma action plan. Listening to your lungs is not that helpful in showing small changes in your lung function. Fortunately, research with pocket flow meters has shown that these devices are really useful in detecting early drops in function that tell me you need a different medication and a different asthma action plan. I make sure all of my patients have a pocket meter and that they use it regularly.
- Follow-up Care is an Essential Part of Asthmaniac
Asthma control has a lot of moving parts. Inconsistent follow-up care:
- Interrupts medication refills,
- Blocks clinical reassessment,
- Prevents adjustments in medication dosage, and
- Derails optimization of treatment plans.
Even if asthma patients were motivated to go into their doctor’s clinic for follow-up, with the COVID19 pandemic, they are discouraged to go for fear of catching the virus.
Asthmaniac makes that follow-up visit as easy as a phone call but loaded with important information about your asthma.
- Asthma Action Plan
I need to get you really involved in your asthma control. The best way is to develop a plan that you understand and can follow. This Asthma Action Plan is modified as your asthma changes which happens due to illness, seasons, or age. We revisit this plan at every follow-up visit and then I send it to your phone where you can study it and refer to it when your symptoms change.
The basic problem that asthma patients have faced forever is still true today: Uncontrolled asthma is dangerous!
But unlike the past, asthma can be controlled!
Asthmaniac is all about your asthma control.
- Quality strategies for control of your asthma
- Based on guidelines from the NIH. ( National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, Third Expert Panel on the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Bethesda (MD): National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (US); 2007 Aug. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7232/)
I have designed Astmaniac to help you MASTER your asthma!
Yes, there is a lot to learn about asthma.
In order to really understand and be in control of YOUR asthma, you need to know more about it.
Let me be your partner in getting in control.
Here’s where my three decades of experience come in handy. I have selected the most important concepts that I know you need to understand for optimal self-management.
I post them at Asthmaniac.com in the section titled Asthmaniac Facts.
And since neither you or I stop learning, I add new sections frequently, bringing you the most expert guidance available.
You can read them in the blog section of Asthmaniac.com.
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- Navigating Asthmaniac.com!
- How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?
- High-Deductible Health Plan? Online Asthma Is Perfect!
- No Insurance? Asthmaniac Will Help You!
- Is Your Asthma e-Asthma? New Medicine!
- Asthma Follow Up Care: Why You Need It!
- NEVER run Out of Asthma Inhaler Medicine!
- Asthmaniac Uses ePrescriptions for Your Medicine!
- Asthma Management Guidelines 2020 Focused Update: What’s In It For You?
- Asthma Rescue Inhalers Are Crucial in Asthma Control!
- Do You Need an Asthma Controller Medication?
- What is an MDI Spacer and Why Do You Need One?
- Children and Asthma: Different from Adult Asthma?
- Asthma and COVID19: Breathing Easy during a Pandemic
- Peak Expiratory Flow Rate: How We Measure and Why?
- Asthma Action Plan: Personalized Just For You!
- Asthma Control Test Score: How We Use It
- Asthma Facts
- Asthma Attack Triggers: Keep a Lid On It!
- Phone Doctor Visits: They Work For Asthma Control!
* Finding your inhaler empty when the tightness starts IS NOT A GOOD FEELING! ..You need your rescue inhaler ..When you need it! ..Without it, it is probably a trip to the ER and ..a few days of having messed up breathing. * Asthmaniac offers $50 doctor...
* Electronic prescriptions mean: ..More accuracy in the order, ..More convenience for you, ..No paper to lose, and ..It’s FAST! * Asthmaniac sends all orders for prescription medication to the pharmacy of your choice. Asthma is one disease that...
* The National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute coordinated this update * Recommendations were published on December 1, 2020. * It Focuses on six areas: ....Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide Testing ....Indoor Allergen...
* Rescue inhalers are essential * The albuterol in rescue inhalers opens breathing tubes quickly * If it doesn’t quickly improve your breathing, go to the ER * A spacer should be used with all liquid medicine inhalers * Generic albuterol is now available...
* Asthma controllers are medications that “control” the underlying inflammation in your breathing tubes. * Inhaled corticosteroids are the most common type of medicine used for this purpose. * In order for corticosteroids to work, they have to be inhaled...
* A spacer is needed to hold your asthma medicine in a cloud until you can pull it into your lungs with a deep breath.
* If you don’t use a spacer with your asthma medicine, it ends up on tongue and on the walls of your throat where it can’t help your asthma and usually causes a yeast infection.
* Spacers should be used with all of your asthma medicine that comes in a metered dose inhaler (MDI).
* Medicine administered by a dry powder inhaler does not require a spacer since the design of the inhaler stirs and suspends the dry powder particles so they can be inhaled deeply.