SleepMapper, a new app from Philips Respironics, is designed to be a self-management system for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), allowing them to view CPAP therapy feedback, set goals and access information, resources and tutorials.
SleepMapper provides feedback on a patient's therapy usage, mask fit (for certain Philips Respironics masks) and apnea hypopnea index (AHI).
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, mood changes, and impaired concentration and memory. It can also lead to hypertension, cerebrovascular disease and cardiovascular disease.
"Non-adherence to therapy due to poor patient education and not understanding the disease management process have been inherent obstacles to CPAP success," said Mark. S. Aloia, PhD, senior director, global clinical research at Philips Healthcare. "SleepMapper provides patients with a clear path for learning to manage treatment of their OSA. It allows patients to take ownership and develop goals to strive toward, which is important because it fosters patient engagement and instills a level of accountability."