Dehaier Medical Systems is set to supply its sleep respiratory solution systems to China's emerging physical examination chain, Sonqao Health Checkup Institution.
As part of an agreement signed between Dehaier's agent and Sonqao earlier in May, the company will deliver related data transmission working stations, cloud-based diagnostic and analysis software, watch-sized sleep diagnostic and monitoring devices and disposable photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors.
The systems are expected to address demand for obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS) diagnosis and treatment at Sonqao's three physical examination centres.
Sonqao principal supervisor Dr Yi Zhuang said: "Dehaier's innovative wearable sleep respiratory solution systems provide our patients with a convenient, cost-effective and comparably accurate alternative to the traditional polysomnography (PSG) based sleep tests."
Dehaier CEO Ping Chen said: "The physical examination market in China is a RMB10bn market with significant growth potential, thanks to China's rapidly expanding middle class, much improved average life expectancy and an ageing population of over 1.3 billion.
"We believe these factors, combined with an increasing public awareness about the dangers of untreated sleep apnea, which has a high prevalence in China among a population of 260 million people with certain chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and brain stroke, will allow us to grow our sleep respiratory business through over 6,000 physical examination centres across China."
According to Dehaier, hundreds of wearable sleep diagnostic systems have been delivered to hospitals and private physical check-up centres since early 2015.
In addition, the company distributed 250,000 disposable PPG sensors to its regional agents by the end of the first quarter, which are being delivered to medical institutions across China.
Sonqao provides comprehensive physical check-up and personalised health management services to more than 200,000 patients annually through its three physical examination centres in Beijing and inner Mongolia.