Noninvasive Home Monitor for Sleep Apnea Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HL080804-01
Agency Tracking Number: HL080804
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2005-2
Small Business Information
WESTERN RESEARCH COMPANY, INC.
Western Research Company, Inc., 3275 W Ina Rd, Ste 215, Tucson, AZ, 85741
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BRIAN CRAINE
 (520) 325-4505
 BLCRAINE@WRC-INC.COM
Business Contact
 ERIC CRAINE
Phone: (520) 325-4505
Email: ERCRAINE@WRC-INC.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Obstructive sleep apnea affects about 3-4% of the population including children. There is considerable associated morbidity and mortality. In particular there is a strong association with hypertension and cardiac disease. Daytime somnolence leads to increased traffic accidents and decreased worker production. The key diagnostic testing for this condition is overnight sleep testing or nocturnal polysomnography. Despite the seriousness of this medical condition about 80 percent of those afflicted are undiagnosed. This is due, in part, to the expense and lack of availability of standard polysomnography. This has lead to a great deal of interest in the development of portable testing systems that provide economical, readily available and accurate testing for obstructive sleep apnea at home. We propose a single type of sensor based monitoring system that would provide a reliable and simple to use unit that should allow for economical and efficient home testing. Although we propose the use of a single sensor to allow for a simple to use system, we incorporate data analysis methods that will allow for the recovery of three independent metrics for prediction of obstructive sleep apnea. This should allow for a more accurate testing system than current portable systems. Since the proposed system will correct the major problems with portable sleep testing instruments (practical, mechanical and provide multiple metrics for diagnostic accuracy), we anticipate that this project would result in a successful commercial product that would be beneficial to a large number of currently undiagnosed Americans.

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