CeBit/TeleHealth 2008

Dresden, / 12.2.2008

from March 7 to March 8, 2008 in Hannover/Germany

Hall 8 Stand B13

The Fraunhofer IPMS carries out customer specific developments in fields of microelectronic and micro systems technology in Dresden, serving as a business partner that supports the transition of innovative ideas into new products. The Fraunhofer IPMS develops and fabricates modern CMOS technology products in its own clean room facilities, up to small pilot series production. With modern equipment and about 240 scientists, the range of projects and expertise covers sensor and actuator systems, microscanner, spatial light modulators, lifetronics and organic materials and systems.

At the Telehealth 2008 in Hannover the Fraunhofer IPMS presents:

Mobile sleep diagnostic system SleepBee

Very loud and irregular snoring is normally a first indicator for a potential life-threatening disease: the sleep apnea. 5 % of the population is affected (source: www.schlafapnoezahnmedizin.de). The sleep apnea is only one of various sleep illnesses. The number of unreported cases is high, since not everyone is aware of his abnormal condition. The examinations of it take place in sleep laboratories and patients have to accept the long waiting time. There, cables are applied to the patient and during sleeping (one or two nights) the condition of the sleep is assessed. It is more comfortable, if the patient sleeps in his own bed. There, the sleep diagnosis can be carried out now wirelessly, using the sleep diagnostic System SleepBee. On the next day the results of the measurements are transferred to the doctor for analysing. SleepBee. the multisenorial ambulatory sleep system for the diagnostics of neurological and respiratory disorders is currently developed within a research cooperation. The system makes sleep medical examination possible and by the use of wireless data transmission wiring is no more necessary. Several concentrators, which contain the components for the wireless data transmission and the acquisition of the signals, are applied to the patient. The system includes 14 signals, which are dictated for fixed systems by the DGSM and allows a significantly wider range of examination in the ambulant field as so far. The achieved scope of examination facilitates a cogent ambulatory diagnosis, also for unclear symptoms. The wireless connection of the single concentrators ameliorates the patient's mobility and consequently the sleep comfort during the examination. Therefore measurement results are more realistic. The sensors are installed before starting to sleep. The installation is assisted by a user guidance and can be undertaken by the patient himself or a helper after some instructions from the sleep physician. This system is also suitable for the realization of other sleep medical examinations like daytime sleepiness among professional drivers.

Project Partners:

  • RECO MEDIZINTECHNIK WOLFGANG RENTSCH e.K – Coordinator
  • Fraunhofer Institut for Photonic Microsystems
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik
  • SMT & Hybrid GmbH

The project is supported by the Free State of Saxony.