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Sleep Apnea Pulse Oximetry Tech From Ensodata Gets FDA Approval

EnsoData, a pioneer in healthcare AI, received FDA 510(k) clearance for groundbreaking technology that enables AI-powered sleep diagnosis using FDA-cleared pulse oximetry (pulse ox) devices.
Powered by EnsoSleep PPG scoring, widely available and wearable pulse ox technology can be deployed for a high quality, accessible, and cost-effective approach to diagnosing sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a highly prevalent but often undiagnosed condition

According to studies, about 60 percent of adults have chronic sleep issues – with devastating consequences for their health, emotional well-being, productivity, and more. Historically, the most effective treatments for insomnia have only been available at in-person sleep clinics.
Sleep apnea is a highly prevalent but often undiagnosed condition that exacerbates cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, metabolic disorders including diabetes, stroke, and more. It is estimated that over 29.4 million Americans have sleep apnea, with more than 80% of cases still undiagnosed.
With early and accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea, clinicians can help prevent complications and reduce healthcare expenses, not only saving lives but also having a profound impact on healthcare economics.
Many companies tried their hand at devices, computer programs and AI solutions to help monitor and improve sleep related conditions.

Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand, has been working for years to develop technology that can read sleep patterns and understand their impact on customers’ health. Currently, the SpO2 feature included in the Fitbit Charge 3 is one important step in reducing the risk of heart conditions. Simple Habit, the award-winning meditation app with more than five million users, announced June 14th 2022 the launch of its new product, Sleep Reset – a digital, personalized sleep clinic. 

Mount Sinai researchers have been awarded a five-year, $4.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop and study an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered model that predicts adverse outcomes of obstructive sleep apnea. The experts say their model will better reflect the underlying physiology of the condition and the ways it impairs sleep, improving patient care and treatment.

“We expect to reach more patients with our leading AI solutions”

EnsoSleep, EnsoData’s previously FDA-cleared diagnostic AI analysis and sleep scoring solution, uses machine learning to analyze data from traditional sleep studies to aid physicians in diagnosing sleep disorders. With this new clearance, EnsoSleep PPG will provide more opportunities for clinicians to effectively reach an undiagnosed patient population by enabling AI-driven analysis using the photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals recorded by pulse oximeters.

“Expanding EnsoData’s capability to collect and analyze PPG signals from simple, wearable pulse ox devices will accelerate the identification, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing events, including sleep apnea,” said Justin Mortara, President and CEO of EnsoData. “With this latest FDA clearance, we expect to build upon and diversify our partner ecosystem to reach more patients with our leading AI solutions.”

Compared to earlier generations of sleep diagnostic equipment, pulse ox devices are smaller and less expensive. They can be as simple to wear as a ring or watch and record physiological data related to sleep and breathing, such as a patient’s oxygen saturation levels and heart rate. 

Using this data, EnsoSleep PPG’s deep learning models automatically detect respiratory events, including sleep disordered breathing events such as apneas or hypopneas, sleep stages including REM, deep sleep, light sleep, wake, and other sleep measures, which may be displayed and edited by a qualified healthcare professional and then exported into a final sleep report for a patient. 

“A pivotal moment in sleep diagnostics, and also long-term therapy monitoring”

By lowering the barrier for patients to receive an accurate sleep test to more widely available pulse ox devices, clinicians can expedite the diagnostic process and provide patients with answers to their health problems more quickly.

“Our interoperable AI tools are democratizing the ability to accurately measure sleep and aid in diagnosis of sleep disorders broadly – for the existing category of FDA-cleared pulse oximetry devices and sensors that are already widely deployed, in-use clinically, and growing in their adoption daily. With PPGs among the most commonplace of medical waveforms collected across healthcare settings, from diagnostic tests to bedside monitors and consumer wearables, this will be transformative for patient access and outcomes to achieve better sleep and overall health,” said Chris Fernandez, Co-founder and CRO of EnsoData. “This FDA clearance marks a pivotal moment in sleep diagnostics, and also long-term therapy monitoring and management, where enhanced accessibility and affordability can create a new normal in sleep care.” 

About EnsoData

EnsoData is a healthcare technology company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology to perform complex and time-consuming data interpretation and analysis to help diagnose and treat health conditions. 

EnsoData provides software-­as-­a-­service (SaaS) that enables the discovery, identification, and actionable reporting of critical to understand patterns and trends in health data. EnsoData’s technology unlocks the vast wealth of clinical expertise lying dormant in archived data; by their leveraging big data and analytics engine, EnsoData enables software to automatically perform complex and time consuming data interpretation previously left to clinicians. Their first product, EnsoSleep, uses big data and advanced algorithms to automate the scoring of sleep studies.

Initially cleared by the FDA in 2017 and expanded in 2021, EnsoData’s sleep scoring and study management solution, EnsoSleep, uses AI to analyze the waveforms recorded by in-lab polysomnography (PSG) and home sleep apnea testing (HSATs). With the new clearance of EnsoSleep PPG, EnsoData adds the ability to AI score data provided by FDA-cleared pulse oximeters. EnsoSleep Study Management produces an annotated, scored, and editable sleep study report physicians and other clinicians use to make faster, more accurate diagnoses of sleep disorders. EnsoData has supported more than 1,300,000 patients across leading providers and health systems, including CommonSpirit Health, Rush University, Advanced Sleep Management, Sanford Health, Jiva Health, and UCHealth, resulting in more time for clinicians to expand patient care and improve patient outcomes. 

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