Sleep apnea is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most serious health concerns of our time. It’s estimated that more than 10% of the male population in North America lives with the sleep disorder, putting them at risk of developing more serious health complications. Luckily, the CPAP machine offers treatment for sleep apnea systems and allows millions of people worldwide achieve a good night’s sleep. Still, even with a CPAP machine, tracking sleep apnea data can be difficult due to the fact that most individuals don’t sleep with clinical-level sleep trackers each night.

That could soon change thanks to a breakthrough from Itamar Medical, a medical technology manufacturer specializing in sleep management products and devices. Itamar Medical has just launched a revolutionary new product called SleePath which can allow clinicians track their patients’ sleep data, sleep apnea, and overall cardiovascular health. The system tracks data collected by Philips Respironics CPAP machines and organizes it into an easy-to-read “cardio sleep dashboard” which can be analyzed by individuals’ physicians. Patients and their doctors can set and monitor goals, monitor CPAP compliance, and better control sleep apnea.

Gilad Glick, CEO of Itamar Medical, says that SleePath is part of an overall company mission to assist physicians with treating their patients’ sleep apnea:

Itamar Medical is committed to innovating technologies that allow effective sleep apnea management to be readily integrated into paradigms for protecting and improving cardiovascular health. SleePath provides cardiologists and electrophysiologists with insights into CPAP adherence that enable them to work their patients to achieve optimal outcomes. Now physicians don’t need to lose sleep over their patients’ sleep apnea.

Itamar Medical now joins some of the biggest names in technology who are finding ways to track sleep data in the most unobtrusive and easiest ways possible. Will all that data be a good thing for sleep, though? Or will people just become obsessed with their sleep data and develop sleep anxiety? Who knows, but putting doctors and patients in greater contact with direct sleep apnea data will be a big boon for improving the lives of individuals living with sleep apnea.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Contact him at [email protected]

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