ResMed new record in digital connected care: One billion nights of sleep data have been downloaded using ResMed’s remote patient monitoring platform, AirView.
“One billion isn’t just a big number,” says Atul Malhotra, MD, chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego Health, in a release. “It’s a major milestone that holds great promise for future research and the treatment of sleep apnea and other respiratory conditions through connected health tools.”
“We are about to enter a new phase of sleep research and sleep understanding,” says Malhotra, also immediate past president of the American Thoracic Society, “using big data to improve patients’ well-being.”
Mick Farrell, ResMed CEO, says, “This unprecedented amount of data enables predictive analytics to help physicians and providers better manage patients’ sleep apnea and COPD therapy, and ultimately improve their overall health. Reaching one billion nights is about more than just big data; it’s a testament to how the adoption and meaningful use of technology benefits patients, physicians, and providers everywhere, and we couldn’t be more pleased to start 2017 with this exciting news—this is just the beginning!”
More than 3 million patients being monitored by AirView, more than 200,000 diagnostic tests processed in ResMed’s cloud, and more than 1,000 patients per day signing up for myAir to track their own therapy use on ResMed Air10 devices.
Sleep centers are also excited about ResMed’s milestone and the general advancement of remote monitoring.
ResMed New Record: One Billion Nights of Sleep Data Monitored
A few years ago, I think it was early 2012, I attended an event in Denver put on by my friend Ken McArthur called The Impact Event. At that event, Ken asked all of the attendees how they could positively impact the lives of 1 million or more people. It’s an exciting question and a great framework around what Ken does.
At that meeting, and after hearing the stories of dozens of inspiring people (Ken included) who were already positively impacting millions of people, I set my goal my next big goal — to help one million sleep apnea sufferers connect with better health. Since then, this one overriding goal has driven my actions in my business life.
In the intervening time, we created the TotalCare eHealth platform and the TotalCare CPAP therapy program. Now we have the mechanism and program to reach that goal.
There is a lot to say about the story that lead us to this point, perhaps I’ll blog about it, but today we are looking forward.
Here’s how the TotalCare platform connects Sleep Apnea Sufferers with better health. We connect people with…
- Online screening & sleep disorder risk assessment
- Easy access to home sleep testing and sleep physician consultations
- CPAP and health data
- Physicians and other clinical resources
- CPAP Therapists and therapy providers
- More effective CPAP therapy
We’re just getting started, but the entire TotalCare team is committed to our big goal.
We’ve started calling it our ‘Connect 1 Million’ campaign, and you will be hearing more about it in the coming days.
Want to get involved now? Visit our home page and select the account type that is right for you.
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) use in obstructive sleep apnea reduces atrial fibrillation recurrence. It has been observed that in patients with heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke, there is a high prevalence of sleep apnea – a sleep disorder where a person stops breathing for brief moments throughout the night.
Although an evident relationship between heart disease and sleep apnea has been found, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact relationship as those living with sleep apnea generally tend to have other comorbid conditions as well. What has been found is that when sleep apnea is treated, the co-existing health problem improves.
Atrial fibrillation recurrence lower with obstructive sleep apnea treatment
Earlier research found that atrial fibrillation recurrence is lower with obstructive sleep apnea treatment. The researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center conducted a meta-analysis of seven studies, which included 1,087 patients, to determine if CPAP use – a common treatment for sleep apnea – could reduce the recurrence of atrial fibrillation.
CPAP was found to reduce atrial fibrillation occurrence by 42 percent in sleep apnea patients. Although additional study is required on a larger scale, the researchers are hopeful that CPAP use could be an effective mode of treatment for reducing the occurrence of atrial fibrillation.
Relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation
There is a clear relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, but the cause-and-effect factor is not fully understood. Over two million people have atrial fibrillation in the U.S., and one in 15 have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and OSA also share many common traits, which increase the risk of both conditions. For example, a high body mass index plays a role in both illnesses, along with older age.
A relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation suggests that by treating one of the conditions, the other can greatly improve.
Treating sleep apnea to help your heart
Numerous studies have found that by treating sleep apnea you can improve the function of your heart and reduce the risk of heart-related illnesses. The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. This device is worn as a mask during sleeping hours and releases continuous air to avoid blockages that can trigger the stoppage of breathing. By using a CPAP nightly you can prevent oxygen levels from lowering, prevent your heart from beating rapidly, and reduce the stress that is put on your heart.
Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence One of CPAP Treatment Benefits
Benefits CPAP Machine Users Experience
CPAP can prevent or reverse serious consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. CPAP is a tool that can help you get the productive sleep that you need. Benefits CPAP machine users experience are:
- Reduces risk of heart disease including CHF, Coronary artery disease and irregular heartbeat.
- Reduces risk of stroke. People that do not use CPAP are 2-4 times more likely to have a stroke.
- Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea is related to glucose intolerance and therefore increases your risk of diabetes if left untreated.
- Reduces daytime sleepiness which decreases risk of accidents and increases the ability to concentrate and be more productive at work.
- By using CPAP, your mood, concentration and emotional stability increase.
- Reduces snoring. CPAP keeps your airways open and can reduce or eliminate snoring.
- Improves sex life.
- Reduces medical expenses.