HoneyNaps, a South Korean healthcare startup, has unveiled its medical software that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose sleep disorders.
WHAT IT DOES
The deep learning based analysis program called SOMNUM enables real-time multi-channel signal analysis with large capacity. It automatically delivers polysomnography readings that are said to be more accurate than conventional automatic evaluations.
According to HoneyNaps, its technology can also reduce diagnosis time to “less than five minutes”; Somnologists usually take three to four hours to analyze and review patients’ sleep data.
The company presented its validated AI algorithm for SOMNUM for the first time in August last year. The US Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing that HoneyNaps will begin marketing the product in the US next year.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
HoneyNaps found that over 100 million people worldwide are struggling with sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, with nine in ten people not receiving medical treatment for these diseases.
The use of AI has been recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a better treatment for patients with sleep disorders, the startup said.
Several digital initiatives related to sleep health were launched this year. In March, Google launched its Second generation Nest Hub Smart Display that now offers contactless sleep monitoring and personalized recommendations to help people with sleep problems. Multinational Amazon has been reported to be working on a bedside contactless device to track sleep apnea. Also earlier this year, the US FDA approved an obstructive sleep apnea treatment device called eXciteOSA that can be used while the patient is awake. The prescription tongue muscle stimulator is designed to reduce mild sleep apnea and snoring.
Previously listed insurer in 2019 AIA launched initiatives to address sleep deprivation, which was seen as a critical health problem in Asia. It has raised awareness of the benefits of getting enough sleep; promotes and rewards healthy sleeping habits via the Vitality app; and launched an online sleep content hub that provides information and insight on ways to achieve better sleep habits.