WVU to develop at-home apnea detection device

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West Virginia University (WVU) researchers, supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation grant, are developing an at-home sleep apnea detection device.

The device uses artificial intelligence to analyze data collected via a smartphone or tablet app. The prototypes are similar to a watch or pulse oximeter and can indicate the severity of sleep apnea and suggest whether patients need treatment or lifestyle changes. Using the device would replace lengthy overnight assessments at sleep facilities.

This development follows a five-year study at the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital on screening hospitalized patients for sleep apnea.

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