Community Health Systems has been granted a patent for a sleep diagnostic system allowing testing of multiple subjects at remote locations for sleep apnea. The system includes portable patient interface boxes with sensors for real-time data collection and analysis, facilitating professional medical diagnosis of sleep disorders. GlobalData’s report on Community Health Systems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Community Health Systems, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Community Health Systems's grant share as of April 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Portable sleep diagnostic system for remote sleep apnea testing

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Community Health Systems Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11908567B1) describes a sleep diagnostic system designed to test multiple subjects for sleep apnea at various remote locations. The system includes a database stored on a computer-readable medium, software for data processing, and portable patient interface boxes equipped with sensors to collect real-time data on sleep-related parameters. These sensors, such as accelerometers and pulse oximeters, are connected to the interface box worn by the subject, allowing for the measurement of airflow, heart rate, and blood oxygenation during testing. The collected data is then uploaded to the database for analysis by the software, which automatically identifies physiological events indicative of sleeping disorders. The system also includes a communication device to output the collected data and physiological events in a format suitable for medical diagnosis.

Furthermore, the patent claims detail additional features of the sleep diagnostic system, such as its ability to interface with multiple patient interface boxes with different sensor configurations, operate with servers in different countries or states, and employ frequency hopping for improved security. The system also allows for remote transmission of data for further analysis by clinicians and researchers worldwide. Additionally, algorithms within the software can identify changes in sleep stages and calculate indices related to sleep apnea before medical diagnosis. The system is further equipped to optimize data encoding for efficient transmission over various networks, including cellular, Internet, satellite, and wired systems, enhancing its versatility and usability in different settings.

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