Some 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that creates blockage of the airway during sleep, causing shallow breathing or pauses in breathing. Many of these individuals fail to be tested because they’re unwilling or unable to participate in a sleep lab. But now, Spud Software, a custom software development company in Grand Blanc, MI, has created a new app that it claims will revolutionize testing for sleep apnea.
Created in partnership with Dr. Mark Rittenger and Dr. Gregory Streff of Michigan Lung and Critical Care Specialists, the app will allow patients to test from their homes or while on the road.
“Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that can lead to bigger problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke,” says Spud Software president Derek Sommer. “If we can increase the amount of people willing to take the tests by simplifying the procedure, then we have hit our goal.”
The app is awaiting FDA approval for patient use.