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Allergy & Asthma Network Partners with Backpack Health to Grant Patients Easy and Immediate Access to Critical Health Information

Multilingual mobile and web-based platform instantly connects users to personal health data, provides critical resources and research opportunities

Vienna, VA, and Dover, MA – July 10, 2019 – Allergy & Asthma Network, the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions, and Backpack Health, a cloud-based medical data storage service for people with chronic and rare diseases, today announced a partnership to provide patients and parents of children with respiratory and allergic diseases with the tools necessary to ensure that their personal health information is consolidated in one place and easily accessible at all times. The partnership will also connect allergy and asthma users to critical resources and research opportunities.

"By working together, Allergy & Asthma Network and Backpack Health can accelerate our shared mission of empowering patients affected by allergies and asthma,” said Tonya Winders, President & CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network. “This partnership advances research goals, fosters strong community ties with patients, and allows individuals to play a more active role in research in ways that may lead to new treatments.”

Backpack Health’s mobile and cloud-based app helps people with chronic, serious, and rare health concerns, and those who care for them, better manage their health journeys. Backpack Health empowers patients and their caregivers to be effective personal health historians by making it easy to access, own, and control personal health information. Just like a real backpack, the portable, multilingual app allows users to carry around what matters most – their comprehensive medical information and documents and those of their loved ones – in one central location.

Backpack Health and Allergy & Asthma Network are also partnering to collect anonymous, aggregated data. Upon patients’ consent, individuals using Backpack Health as part of the Allergy & Asthma Network will have their data de-identified and entered into the registry to advance research of respiratory and allergic diseases.

“For users with respiratory and allergic diseases, Backpack Health’s ability to conveniently and safely organize and track their data is particularly important, especially in emergency situations,” said Jim Cavan, CEO and Founder of Backpack Health. “We are proud to extend our patient empowerment tools to further patient communities, helping users around the globe better manage their health.”

About Allergy & Asthma Network

Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research. The Network specializes in sharing practical, patient-friendly, medically reviewed information through its award-winning Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org, E-newsletter and numerous community outreach programs. Join the Network at AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org/join.

About Backpack Health

Backpack Health, LLC builds secure, innovative information tools to help people manage their health journey – including wellness, illnesses, injuries, and chronic health conditions. The Backpack Health mission is to make it easy for everyone to access, own and control their health information to support better health care and attain better health for themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Backpack Health provides a platform for organizations to engage patients, collect up-to-date data and build communities around the globe. To assure data protection for its users’ information, Backpack Health complies with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adheres to its data protection principles, participates in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks and does not share any user data with third parties, including social media companies. Learn more at www.backpackhealth.com.