Vodafone and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare helping patients sleep easier


Getting a good night’s sleep is often a dream for many people. Luckily for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the likelihood of a full night’s rest is much greater, thanks to the advent of innovative treatments like Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s F&P SleepStyle CPAP device.

But treating the problem is just a part of the challenge. Trying to understand the underlying causes of sleep apnea, how daily lifestyle choices can affect sleep patterns, and finding ways for patients to meaningfully engage in their therapy can be just as difficult.

F&P set about tackling these issues with the power of the Internet of Things (IoT). Using Vodafone’s global platform they built cellular connectivity into their CPAP devices to ensure both patients and clinicians could receive valuable information when required. They also enabled patients to track their own progress and receive trouble shooting tips using an F&P SleepStyle app.

“Our goal was to engage patients in their sleep therapy and in doing this, give them more than just data,” F&P’s Research and Development Manager – Healthcare Informatics, Ben Casse said. “We wanted to provide feedback that was relevant, that had meaning and that was going to be useful.”

By allowing patients to see how they slept last night, and how that compared to the night before, it helps them understand how their actions, be it what time they go to bed, the total length of their sleep or their different lifestyle choices, affect how they feel every day.

Smart use of collated data also provides proactivity to F&P’s treatment solution that builds confidence and peace of mind. The SleepStyle app can highlight the nights where it spots a common therapy issue, such as increased mask leak. Patients can drill in to access educational content and videos to help resolve the issue on their own. Having this level of feedback allows patients to take greater interest and responsibility for their own therapy which is very empowering.

The F&P InfoSmart system offers a similar experience to healthcare providers, by automatically highlighting patients who need their attention. This allows providers to focus their time where it counts and have more quality time with their patients.

At the end of the day, it was F&P’s patient-centred focus that led them to design a more holistic approach to treating sleep apnea. One that moves beyond just data and devices to one that simplifies the patient experience, provides better clinical care and outcomes, and that empowers clinicians and patients alike.

You know… the sort of approach that helps you sleep easy at night.

To hear more about F&P’s patient-centred design approach and their efforts to achieve better clinical care and patient outcomes through the use of IoT, catch their Lead Solutions Developer, Cliff Hawkins, when he presents at this year’s Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) conference. And for a demonstration of F&P’s SleepStyle device and app, as well as more insights into how connectivity and IoT can help achieve great healthcare outcomes, head over to the Vodafone stand (#50).

For more information about Vodafone’s innovative IoT solutions - https://www.vodafone.co.nz/m2m/

For further information about F&P SleepStyle - https://www.fphcare.co.nz/sleep-apnea/

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