New York Patent of the Month – April 2023

The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. However, millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic sleep disorders (CSDs) such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). These disorders have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life and work productivity. Yet, many people with CSDs remain undiagnosed, primarily because of the high cost associated with professional sleep assessments.

Wesper Inc, an innovative medical app company, has developed a breakthrough system for detecting and monitoring the sleep parameters of an individual. Their platform produces a comprehensive, longitudinal sleep-test design to collect, analyze, and provide personalized data. This at-home sleep lab solution reduces the costs associated with detecting or identifying sleep problems, bringing you one step closer to appropriate sleep medicine.

Their patented system includes The Patch – an adhesive pad designed with patient comfort in mind. Made of a soft-touch material, the pad adheres to the skin and is virtually undetectable while sleeping. The patch connects to the company’s app, collecting, storing, and analyzing data. 

The patch has an electrical circuit which detects a change in the electrical property of the flexible element during use, indicating a change in sleep parameters such as respiratory effort. Over time, trends can be identified to deliver better care and get more accurate results. Through FDA clearance and approval, Wesper’s patches match the existing in-lab solution at a fraction of the cost and through a superior patient experience. 

The potential benefits of Wesper’s system are enormous. It could significantly reduce the cost and inconvenience associated with traditional sleep assessments and increase the number of people seeking help for CSDs. By providing accurate and reliable data on an individual’s sleep parameters, the system could help healthcare professionals tailor treatment plans for patients with CSDs more effectively. It could also help employers identify and support employees with sleep disorders, ultimately improving work productivity and overall health outcomes.

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