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Philips Respironics goes mobile with SleepMapper app and web-based solution
Date:4/24/2013

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), today announces the launch of the SleepMapper self-management system, a robust mobile and web-based solution for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that combines the components of feedback, education and troubleshooting. It is also the first self-management system for OSA patients that incorporates motivation enhancement therapy techniques to aid in adherence to sleep therapy. This innovative application provides sleep apnea patients with the tools they need to enhance their sleep therapy experience, demonstrating Philips' commitment to providing patient-focused solutions that help improve quality of life.

SleepMapper empowers patients who use Philips Respironics System One positive airway pressure (PAP) devices to stay involved and interested in their therapy and motivated to stay compliant. A patient can view therapy feedback, set goals and access information, resources and tutorials about sleep apnea and the Philips Respironics System One sleep therapy devices and masks.

"Having a tool like SleepMapper in the early stages of my therapy would have helped," said Sherry Johnston , sleep apnea sufferer and former contestant on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser'. "I'll now have the information I didn't have access to before. I can see results every day and the ability to set my goals is something I enjoy. SleepMapper helps me manage my sleep apnea."

OSA is characterized by a narrowing or closing of the upper airway, which causes cessation in breathing during sleep. The disorder affects approximately four percent of men and two percent of women in the United States.1 Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is considered the gold standard for the treatment of OSA. Unfortunately, many patients often fail to use PAP
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