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 February 2024 was 70%. 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 parameters such as airflow, heart rate, and blood oxygenation. The collected data is uploaded to the database for analysis by the software, which automatically identifies physiological events indicative of sleeping disorders. The system also features a communication device to output the analyzed data in a format suitable for medical diagnosis.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features of the system, such as its ability to interface with multiple patient interface boxes with different sensor configurations, operate across different countries or states, employ frequency hopping for security, and allow data transmission for further analysis by clinicians and researchers worldwide. The software includes algorithms for identifying changes in sleep stages and calculating indices for sleep apnea, while also providing options for manual data scoring. Additionally, the system is designed to optimize data encoding for efficient transmission over various networks, including cellular, Internet, satellite, and wired connections, enhancing its versatility and usability in diverse settings.

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