Case Studies

Good Sleep LLC (Michigan Lung and Critical Care Specialists)


Business Needs

Method for collecting sleep apnea patient data in an out-of-lab setting and the ability to review collected data efficiently and effectively.

Company Information

Michigan Lung is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate and patient-focused care for all of their patients and their families. Michigan Lung and Critical Care Specialists' physicians, nurse practitioners, sleep technologists, and respiratory therapists continue to educate themselves in order to provide the most up-to-date treatment options and their efficient, friendly and professional staff works hard to make every patient’s visit to Michigan Lung and Critical Care Specialists as hassle-free as possible.

General Problem Description

If you are waking up tired in the morning, perhaps you could be one of the 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is blockage of the airway during sleep, which can have serious life-shortening consequences such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

In an attempt to make things easier for the growing number of people who have suspected sleep apnea, two board- certified sleep physicians with a pulmonary/critical care/sleep disorders medical practice in Grand Blanc, Michigan have been researching and developing a method of testing for sleep apnea using a smart phone.  Dr. Mark Rittenger and Dr. Gregory Streff, of Michigan Lung and Critical Care Specialists, have teamed with Spud Software to create an app designed to use with a smart phone and simplify the testing process.  Nocturnal Polysomnography, or sleep study, is usually done in a sleep lab, with the patient hooked up to wires, and monitored during sleep by a sleep technologist.  Many patients are unable or unwilling to have an in-lab study, or their insurance company may only cover a home sleep test.  This new medical application will allow patients to do the testing outside of the lab, with the data being recorded via an Android device and the data is then uploaded and sent to the physician for interpretation. 

Solution

Spud Software was able to create a two-fold solution, first creating an app that the patients themselves could use, and then creating an administrative website that the staff at Michigan Lung and Critical Care Specialists could use to view results. After logging into the app, signing the HIPPA waiver, and doing a pre-sleep survey, the patient would hook up leads and wires that capture different readings such as the bodies’ electrical signals and oxygen levels. When the patient woke after the study, the patient would have another interaction with the app to take a post-sleep survey and then the information would be sent to the administrative site for reporting.

Doctors and sleep technicians had the ability to view the patient’s data in order to decide if they were suffering from sleep apnea. This was especially useful to patients that were homebound and truckers that are constantly on the road, but are required by the industry to take the test yearly for insurance purposes.

In-Home Sleep Study Software

Spud Software developed a proprietary out-of-lab sleep study software app that will enable patients to take a “lab quality” sleep study in the comfort of their own homes. Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that can lead to bigger problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. If we can increase the amount of people willing to take the tests by simplifying the procedure, then we have hit our goal.

  • Simplifying the Procedure - Patients receive a case-protected Android phone with the app pre-installed and instructions for use.
  • Helping the Uninsured - The app can help the uninsured or those whose insurance won’t cover sleep tests
  • Automated Results - The data is automatically recorded onto the phone and then sent to the physician.
  • Home Comfort - The app allows patients to have a sleep study from the comfort of their own home.

Technical Details

Android app designed to support a custom-made circuit board and wiring harness for collection of patient data. CMS website for managing patient profiles, staging and scoring recorded sleep data, and doctor’s report generation.

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