Sleepiz is no stranger to the EIT Health community, having won in the DigitalHealth category of the European Health Catapult and the Headstart Grant at the EIT Health Germany SHIP event in July 2018. The Swiss startup is developing a non-contact medical grade screening solution for sleep apnea. By using wireless technology, the device can measure vital human signs at medical accuracy without touching the patient – enabling non-contact clinical grade home diagnosis of sleep apnea.
The lack of sleep is a common problem in modern society. 25% of people snore on a regular basis, and 50% of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea, which means that they stop breathing from 10s to 100s and these pauses may occur> 500 times per night. Long term sleep deprivation may lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as respiratory or cardiovascular diseases, but also to an increased body weight and a weak immune system. Undiagnosed sleep apnea costs the US an estimated $ 150bn (~ € 130bn) per year. Costs that are a result of related lost productivity, motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents, as well as healthcare costs.
According to an international NIH survey almost half of the individuals with sleep problems never take any steps to resolve them, which implies that that they care little about their sleep routine and would not go to consult their doctor or specialist. This results in 80% of apnea patients being undiagnosed. A reason for this may be that sleep apnea diagnosis is an uncomfortable, expensive and time-consuming procedure. The current state of the art (Polysomnography) requires patients to sleep in a hospital overnight, with more than 30 sensors attached to their body, and be monitored by a technician the entire time. Alternatively, patients get all cabled up to sleep with a nasal canula and belts at home (Polygrapy). This holds people back from getting a diagnosis, which is a pity, because as you already mentioned, most sleep disorders are treatable.
We have developed a sleep disorder screening device, which enables non-contact clinical grade home diagnosis. The solution itself is simply placed on the bedside table of a patient at home. This allows patients to sleep undisturbed in their most natural sleep environment while the device measures respiration, heart rate and body movement. The data is then automatically transferred to the doctor who can easily diagnose the disease through automated reports within minutes the next morning.
By using the most advanced Wireless Millimeter Wave Technology, Sensor Fusion and Artificial Intelligence, we offer a completely contactless and clinical grade diagnosis of sleep apnoea.
Currently we are in the development and clinical validation phase. We validate our device against the golden standard in sleep labs, to go to market with an accurate medical device. We believe that we will enable many more people to receive a hassle-free sleep diagnosis at home, helping doctors to recognize symptoms to initiate treatment early.
This may not only empower a good night’s sleep but also prevent fatigue and chronic diseases.
Sleep is often neglected as a vital feature of one’s health even though we know how important it is. Everyone can contribute to make sure to get enough sleep and can approach a doctor and specialist for consultancy.
Sleepiz enables contactless medical sleep monitoring in a natural home setting and will thereby provide additional data that has not been captured so far. This is a disruptive technology that will generate further insights into sleep.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book” is what an Irish proverb says. So, sleep well, take care and stay healthy.
For more info on Sleepiz, check out their European Health Catapult video.