Sunday, 22 January 2012

Data Capable CPAP machines are NOT a luxury item.

Okay, this drives me slightly more bonkers than usual

What makes doctors, insurance companies, DME's, etc. think that with the advent of data capable CPAP machines, people actually want the compliance only (and similar) pieces of junk?

So they've got a stash of old crusty machines from all the patients who gave up.. and they are peeved because now nobody wants them, and people who they tried to palm them off on want to shove them back in their face.. Boo-freaking-hoo!

Have they ever considered the REASON a large number of those patients gave up might be not having the option of tracking their treatment progress in the first place?

Personally, tracking data has for me been the absolute KEY to being able to deal with this crappy sleep disorder. During the development of SleepyHead, I've met many others along the way who have expressed the same sentiments.

What I find most disgusting is the difference between a data-capable and compliance only machine these days is mainly in the firmware.

These are not complicated devices we are talking about here.. A sturdy PWM controlled fan, power supply, pressure sensors, buttons and some kind of LCD display and a simple on-board computer. The algorithms used certainly aren't anything special or new.

It's pure greed that has inspired the creation of these overpriced monstrosities, and it gets worse with each passing year..

A recent example, Philips Respironics has released their "IQ" machine.. Perhaps the most evil abomination so far.. It has all the capabilities of an Auto machine, yet destroys them after 30 days of combined use, reverting to a plain CPAP machine for the remainder of it's working life.

What's even more evil, is they are actually PROUD of this feature..

Congratulations Philips on being an equal opportunity employer.. Village Idiots need jobs too I guess.. But I'm pretty damn sure most of us would prefer you'd keep them out of marketing and engineering.

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