Remote monitoring improves CPAP adherence, study finds
SAN DIEGO – Remote monitoring and automated coaching from ResMed significantly improve the use of CPAP therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, according to an independent study presented this week at the SLEEP conference in Denver. As part of this largest-ever, randomized, controlled study on OSA in the United States, more than 500 patients on CPAP therapy received support, including remote monitoring and automated coaching from ResMed’s U-Sleep platform. Those who received support from U-Sleep achieved Medicare-defined adherence 21% more than the average study participant over a 90-day period, the study found. “Anything that significantly increases CPAP use in the first 90 days is a big deal,” said Dr. Dennis Hwang, a sleep specialist at Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center and the study’s principal investigator. “That initial period is crucial for patients to embrace CPAP to treat their sleep apnea, which is linked to heart failure, atrial fibrillation, Type 2 diabetes and other serious conditions. Tools like U-Sleep hold a lot of promise for patients on CPAP and the clinicians who treat them.” The U-Sleep patient management platform provides individualized feedback via text, email or phone based on CPAP use.