Adherium and Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Collaborate to Improve Outcomes for Asthma Patients, with a Special Focus on New Zealand Children

Adherium and Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Collaborate to Improve Outcomes for Asthma Patients, with a Special Focus on New Zealand Children

20 Aug 2018

21 August 2018 - Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ announces today that it has agreed to work with Adherium to improve outcomes for asthma patients, with a special focus on New Zealand children and teenagers, in a collaboration to be known as the Kiwi Kids Program.

Adherium is an an award-winning digital health company that improves medication adherence and patient outcomes through its connected respiratory platform called Hailie™.
Letitia O’Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer of Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, comments: “We are very excited to be working alongside Adherium. With our joint knowledge, research and insights, we can really help New Zealand children with asthma. Adherium’s technology not only helps with medication adherence and asthma management, but showcases how technology can be integrated into health devices. We are all very excited about the possibilities of this, and how it can be utilised to assist and improve the lives of those one in seven children that take medication for asthma.”
Arik Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Adherium, adds: “This Kiwi Kids Program is a really important step towards improving poorly controlled asthma in New Zealand children and adolescents. Our Hailie™ solution is designed to help people with asthma achieve better health by using digital tools to manage their condition. We are excited about our collaboration with the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.” 
Garth Sutherland, Founder of Adherium, also added: “Adherium’s Hailie technology has been proven to reduce child and teenage hospitalization due to asthma, so we must get Hailie into the hands of our tamariki who need it most. Together, with the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, we are focusing on regions of highest need first.”
Adherium is the developer and provider of the Hailie™ solution, which automatically tracks medication use and provides missed-dose reminders, which are clinically proven to significantly improve clinical outcomes.  Hailie™ enables meaningful discussions between the patient, caregiver and health professional. The Hailie™ sensor clips on to the patient’s standard prescription inhaler and enables them and their caregiver to review medication usage on the Hailie app. At the patient’s discretion, they can choose to share this information with their health professional when reviewing their asthma management.
It is broadly accepted that low adherence to preventative asthma medications is a widespread issue that is associated with poor health outcomes, resulting in unscheduled doctor’s visits, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations.

Latest Kiwi children asthma statistics are:

  • One in seven New Zealand children take medication for asthma;
  • Large numbers of New Zealand children are admitted to the hospital with asthma (3,552 in 2015); and
  • Over 500,000 school days are lost each year due to asthma.

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About Adherium 
Adherium is a global leader in connected respiratory solutions. The company develops, manufactures and supplies patients, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers and contract research organisations with the broadest range of connected medical devices for respiratory medications. The sensors and accompanying technology address sub-optimal medication use and strive to improve health outcomes in chronic disease. Learn more at You can follow Hailie on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.
About Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ works to provide better respiratory health for all New Zealanders through a goal of lessening respiratory hospitalisations and GP visits. It is a registered charity and has made it a strategic priority to investigate the improvement of Māori health outcomes especially in children. Learn more at
Contact Information:
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ
Vicky Jones, Marketing and Communications Advisor, Level 2, The Woolstore, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington 6011, PO Box 1459, Wellington 6140 P: 04 495 0097
M: 027 536 8671 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Kiwi Kids Programme
Garth Sutherland, Adherium
Adherium General Enquiries
Vik Panda, Adherium