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ResMed New Record: One Billion Nights of Sleep Data Monitored

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.

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Sleep Apnea Continuum of Care Program from TotalCare eHealth Launches into First Primary Care Pilot

BROOMFIELD, Colorado June 25th, 2016 – TotalCare eHealth announced today that it has completed the development of it’s Sleep Apnea Continuum of Care Program and launched it’s first primary care pilot location. The program improves the efficiency and effectiveness of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening, diagnosis, and therapy for patients and their healthcare providers.  TotalCare is the first to provide a single, digitally-connected patient experience throughout the complete continuum of care. The TotalCare eHealth platform combines outcomes-based patient management protocols and a proprietary ‘eHealth operating system’ to increase patient engagement, improve outcomes, and reduce cost.

“We’re very excited to launch our OSA continuum program in our first primary care pilot location, South Pointe Clinics in Lafayette, Colorado” says Doug Hudiburg, CEO of TotalCare eHealth, a Broomfield Colorado startup technology company.  “We’ve always known that the key to effective sleep apnea management is at the primary point of care and we are thrilled to have an enthusiastic partner in this pilot. South Pointe understands the importance of reaching the un-diagnosed sleep apnea population within their current patient population and within their community in general.”

Sleep Apnea Continuum of Care

There are approximately 40 million sufferers of sleep apnea in the United States (about 20% of the adult population). People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.  When the brain detects a lack of oxygen, it rouses the sleeper, usually only partially, to signal breathing to resume. As a result of restricted breathing, the sleep apnea sufferer’s blood oxygen dips below healthy levels with enough frequency to impact the health of their heart and other vital organs.  Also, sleep apnea causes extremely fragmented and poor quality sleep.  Untreated sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, obesity and stroke.

The vast majority (approximately 75%) of sleep apnea sufferers remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated. Sleep apnea is most commonly treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, or Oral Appliance Therapy.

“As a new owner of a community primary care clinic, as well as a practitioner, I know that 30% or more of my adult patients are likely to suffer from sleep apnea. With the TotalCare sleep apnea continuum of care program we can screen every adult patient, manage consultations and evaluations efficiently, provide quick access to low-cost home sleep testing, and easily prescribe the appropriate therapy for patients who test positive for sleep apnea.” Says John Hundley, PA-C, owner of South Pointe Clinics.

The goals of the TotalCare Sleep Apnea Continuum of Care program are as follows:

  • Digitally-connect patient, physician, diagnostics provider, and sleep apnea therapy provider under one HIPAA, HI-TECH, and MARS-E compliant continuum of care
  • Improve key outcomes: hospital re-admissions, patient satisfaction, physician & provider ratings, profit per patient, and others
  • Reduce ‘net cost’ and ‘time to therapy’ for patients with OSA
  • Improve OSA continuum of care and maximize patient adherence to therapy
  • Collect usage and outcomes data and provide summary and detail reporting
  • Ensure effective follow-up, patient communications, and support with participating providers

For more information about TotalCare eHealth and the TotalCare Sleep Apnea Continuum of care program, visit

If you have a sleep issue, or think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, visit for a free sleep health assessment.

South Pointe Clinics

South Pointe Clinics is a multi-specialty primary care clinic in Lafayette, Colorado. South Pointe serves their community with a variety of healthcare services including family practice, walk-in urgent care, occupational health and certified physicals, chiropractic, physical therapy and holistic health. South Pointe’s experienced providers have expertise in a wide range of medical treatments.

‘South Point Clinics’ is a trademark of South Pointe Clinics.


South Pointe Clinics
380 Empire Rd #120
Lafayette, CO 80026
Tel: (303) 665-8444
Fax: (303) 665-8448
Lisa DuBord,  Clinic Manager

TotalCare eHealth

TotalCare eHealth is a technology-based healthcare company that is focused on improving healthcare in the United States through a patient-centered approach. The first commercial implementation of the TotalCare platform is the TotalCare sleep apnea continuum of care program. The company is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado with a growing network of therapy providers and clinicians throughout the US.

‘TotalCare eHealth’ is trademark of TotalCare eHealth.


TotalCare eHealth
3001 Industrial Lane, Unit 4
Broomfield, CO 80020
Doug Hudiburg, CEO

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Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence One of CPAP Treatment Benefits

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.

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How Sleep Apnea Home Test Works

In order to receive a definitive sleep apnea diagnosis and begin the treatment most appropriate for your specific condition, you need to complete a sleep study.

In past years it was only possible to complete a sleep study by staying overnight in a lab. But the unnatural testing environment spurred the development of home testing technology. By completing a home sleep test, you can identify if you are truly suffering from sleep apnea and begin the recovery process to avoid long-term health effects.

Sleep test conducted in your own home

Years ago, sleep studies required a long, involved, and often torturous process in which the sleep apnea patient was wired with 15 sensors clamped to the scalp, lip, eye sockets, jaw, index finger, legs, and chest. With a microphone to capture sounds and an infrared camera to monitor movement, the patient slept in a hospital bed so that technicians could collect sleep data.

Medical equipment has evolved significantly in the past decade, and home tests are now available for a far easier and more comfortable way to test for sleep apnea. At only 1/10 of the cost of a hospital test, the home test is completed over a few nights in your own bed, using a portable device that’s relatively easy to hook up and take off without any assistance.

Home sleep tests measure biologic parameters that can indicate sleep apnea, like nasal and oral airflow, respiratory effect, and blood oxygen levels. The testing equipment is attached to your body only with Velcro, elastic, and stickers, so it is a totally painless procedure that won’t interrupt your sleep.

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Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment – CPAP and MADs May Help Lower Blood Pressure

For those suffering from sleep apnea, the disrupted sleep and reduction of oxygen getting to the brain can contribute to high blood pressure, but the two common treatments for the condition both lower blood pressure, Swiss researchers report.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) showed that each produces a modest reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure rates, the researchers found.

“CPAP and MADs not only reduce symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as sleepiness, but also lower blood pressure,” said lead researcher Dr. Malcolm Kohler, chair of respiratory medicine at the University Hospital of Zurich.

“Both treatments have similar positive effects on blood pressure, but the treatment effect of CPAP seems to be larger in patients who have more hours of sleep,” he said.

Study published in  Journal of the American Medical Association

For the study, Kohler and colleagues looked at the ability of CPAP and MADs to lower blood pressure in 51 previously published studies that included a total of nearly 5,000 patients.

In this type of study, called a meta-analysis, researchers use previously published data to try to find consistent patterns across all the reports.

They found that CPAP was associated with a reduction in systolic blood pressure (top number of a reading) of 2.5 mm Hg and a reduction of 2.0 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure (bottom number).

MADs were associated with a reduction in systolic blood pressure of 2.1 mm Hg and 1.9 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure, the researchers reported.

Although no statistically significant difference between CPAP and MADs in lowering blood pressure was found, CPAP was more likely to have a strong association with lowering systolic blood pressure, Kohler said.

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