ResMed subsidiary Umbian has announced the outcome of a new study, which demonstrated that its U-Sleep automated messaging system reduces coaching labour by 59% and improves compliance among sleep apnea patients.

U-Sleep is a secure and flexible compliance solution that monitors continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy device usage and helps home medical equipment (HMEs) coach and manage patients during therapy.

According to Umbian, the multi-centre study demonstrated significant and measurable efficiency gains when using the automated messaging capabilities of its U-Sleep compliance management solution.

The study revealed a 59% reduction in labour associated with intervening with and coaching patients on CPAP therapy when using U-Sleep.

The prospective study was designed to compare the effectiveness and coaching labour requirements of a web-based, automated messaging (via U-Sleep) with standard-of-care CPAP adherence coaching, and measure the coaching labour needed to achieve Medicare-defined adherence.

Researchers have conducted prospective trial of patients newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea to evaluate the effect of automated messaging on coaching labour and patient adherence.

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“Every HME is under pressure to minimise the costs associated with gaining compliance, and these findings show that U-Sleep’s automated messaging can help significantly.”

The three-month study follow-up included a total of 122 patients, with 58 in the U-Sleep arm and 64 in the standard-of-care arm.

Patients in both groups were set up on a CPAP device with heated humidification and a ResMed wireless modem. These patients received identical CPAP education and orientation.

According to Umbian, the U-Sleep arm received an automated series of text messages and/or emails triggered by one of five situations that indicated non-compliance, such as no CPAP data for two consecutive days or CPAP usage of less than four hours for three consecutive nights.

The standard-of-care arm received scheduled telephone calls on days one, seven, 14, and 30.

Umbian president Raj Sodhi said that this is an opportunity for HME providers to redesign the way they interact with patients to improve efficiency.

“Every HME is under pressure to minimise the costs associated with gaining compliance, and these findings show that U-Sleep’s automated messaging can help significantly,” Sodhi said.

The company has presented the study outcome at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2014 International Conference in San Diego.

Image: U-Sleep compliance management solution has been shown to reduce adherence coaching labour by 59%. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire/ Umbian Inc.