In 2011, MyCardio unveiled Sleep Image, an at-home screening tool consisting of a tiny sleep recorder and a secure website used by the patient to upload sleep data from any computer.
Millions of individuals around the world suffer from poor sleep. To diagnose sleep problems, standard studies have traditionally relied on polysomnography to assess brain wave measurements. But slumber is complex, as sleep specialist Robert Thomas, MD, recognized. A collaboration with cardiologist Ary Goldberger, MD, and two members of his Margret and H.A. Rey Nonlinear Dynamics Institute, statistical physicist Chung-Kang Peng, PhD, and the late bioengineer Joseph Mietus, PhD, led to the development of the cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC) system, a novel method of sleep analysis that captures the dynamic relationship between breathing, respiration and heart rate -- the coupling of many biological systems -- the CPC and translates it into a novel graph called a sleep spectrogram. With its prominent peaks and valleys, the spectrogram (shown below) resembles a topographical map – and provides clinicians with a far more detailed portrait of sleep health.In 2007, BIDMC’s TVO licensed the CPC technology to MyCardio LLC (formerly Embla Systems), a Colorado-based sleep diagnostic software and equipment company. The resulting RemLogic software platform provides physicians with a reliable measure of “sleep health,” including a way to distinguish between obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, an important distinction for treatment. Since then, CPC technology has grown in capability and shrunk in size. In 2011, MyCardio unveiled Sleep Image, an at-home screening tool consisting of a tiny sleep recorder and a secure website used by the patient to upload sleep data from any computer. Ideal for screening large, at-risk populations Sleep Image provides a snapshot of sleep that can be easily understood by clinicians and patients alike.