Author Contributions: All authors had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Koff and Vandivier. Acquisition of data: Koff, Freitag, and Vandivier. Analysis and interpretation of data: Linderman, Koff, Min, and Vandivier. Drafting of the manuscript: Linderman, Koff, and Vandivier. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Linderman, Koff, Freitag, Min, and Vandivier. Statistical analysis: Min and Vandivier. Obtained funding: Koff and Vandivier. Administrative, technical, and material support: Koff and Freitag. Study supervision: Vandivier.
Financial Disclosure: Ms Freitag is currently employed by Connections365, a telehealth solution company, which uses the Bosch Health Buddy 3 (the device used in the present research into the care of patients with COPD in rural Colorado) and has designed and deployed a telehealth kiosk. Ms Koff has consulted for Nonin Medical, Connection365, American Association for Respiratory Care, and Robert Bosch Healthcare. As of July 1, 2010, Ms Koff has been employed by Robert Bosch Healthcare as an account manager.
Funding/Support: This research was supported by grants to Dr Vandivier from the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Competitive Grants Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and from the University of Colorado Hospital.
Previous Presentation: This work was presented in abstract form at the American Thoracic Society International Conference; May 19, 2010; New Orleans, Louisiana.
Additional Contributions: We thank health care providers throughout rural Colorado for their help identifying study subjects. Linda Gunnison, RRT, and Shannon James, BSN, assisted in recruiting and managing the patients in this study, and Debra Diaz helped create and manage the patient database.