BOSTON, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), will showcase the latest innovations for diagnosing, treating and managing the full spectrum of sleep-disordered breathing patients at SLEEP 2012, the 26th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), today through June 13 in Boston.
SLEEP 2012 is the largest scientific meeting focused solely on sleep, bringing together physicians, researchers, sleep technologists, students and allied healthcare providers to uncover the latest technological leaps in the quest for better sleep.
"Finding success requires more than technology; it takes the collaboration of experts. As allies in better sleep and breathing, we are committed to aligning with healthcare providers and developing solutions that lead to better care and exceptional clinical outcomes," says John Frank, Sr. Vice President, General Manager, Sleep and Respiratory Care, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions. "SLEEP 2012 is an example of collaboration at work, presenting the science, medical and technology advancements that contribute to better sleep and healthier lives."
Philips Respironics' interactive exhibit will chronicle a "day in the life" of a clinician and two obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients from diagnosis to therapy. Several new products will also be displayed:
The Amara full-face mask. Designed to be an easy mask to fit and own, Amara is physically smaller and lighter than leading traditional full-face masks. The mask is proven to fit 95% of patients' faces and every cushion size fits on the same frame. And, with 60% fewer parts than the leading full-face mask, it looks and feels small and light, is easy to assemble and easy to clean and maintain.
Fit for Life resupply program. Every new mask will now include a comprehensive resupply service, which will help to ensure patients have the masks, supplies and resources they need to continue therapy and obtain the best possible care.
SleepMapper self-management system. Due for release in August, SleepMapper provides OSA patients the feedback they need to understand their therapy, learn about their Philips Respironics PAP devices and masks, set goals, and stay motivated. Patients will be able to access SleepMapper via their smart phone, tablet, or computer. The program uses clinically proven motivational and educational tools to help patients adhere to therapy.
System One REMstar Pro and REMstar Auto devices offer exclusive CPAP-Check and Auto-Trial modalities to help improve patient adherence to therapy while increasing operational efficiency. REMstar SE* (coming soon) offers many System One comfort features, such as Flex and a heated tube option, in a basic unit. It also features downloadable compliance data, improving the ability of sleep professionals to monitor usage and treatment efficacy.
Philips Respironics will also launch its revitalized website, SleepApnea.com, to offer patients and professionals 24-7 access to information on OSA. The site provides valuable information for undiagnosed patients, to help for new patients navigating the world of products and treatment, and self-management tools for existing patients who want to be successful with their therapy.
In addition, David P. White, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions; Mark S. Aloia, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Global Clinical Research, Philips Healthcare; and Teofilo Lee-Chiong, M.D., Chief Medical Liaison, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions will lead a panel discussion for physicians, discussing what they are doing to help solve sleep apnea problems and individualize therapy.
Additional information is available at Philips Respironics booth 807. Access information online at http://www.healthcare.philips.com/main/homehealth/events/apss2012.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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