sleep apnoea

Data-driven healthcare systems can deliver the personalised care that patients and payers are demanding more than ever. But who can deliver the data to support those systems? There are many players, but medical technology companies have a vital role to play. Medtech innovation has brought us real-world data collection, advanced data analytics, and machine learning that can support improvements in safety, quality, and product performance. These digital technologies provide insights that lead to better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs, benefiting all healthcare stakeholders. Take sleep apnoea, for example. Thirty years ago, the increasing availability of medical devices began helping thousands, and soon millions of people to avoid sleep suffocation every night, improving their nightly rest, daytime energy and safety, and overall health. Thanks to incremental innovation, this technology evolved to collect and store valuable information on SD memory cards. The card could be brought to a physician who could download the data, gain insights into their patients’ sleep and device performance, and coach patients needing support on how to improve the comfort and efficacy of their therapy. When I look at today’s sleep apnoea technologies – featuring cellular chips connected to the cloud – it is clear that a quiet revolution has taken place. Information about how a patient sleeps is collected and provided automatically so healthcare professionals can view it anytime, anywhere – saving clinicians, patients, and payers valuable time and money. Some telemonitoring platforms even enable viewing of multiple patients on a single screen, so clinicians can prioritize patients who need critical support first, improving health outcomes more efficiently. The physician can even adjust their patients’ device settings remotely to improve therapy comfort and efficacy without the need for an in-person visit. This is patient-centred care in action. Empowered patients For patients with sleep apnoea, data can...