GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric Corp, premiered their suite of sleep solutions at Sleep 2009, including three iSleep treatment devices—the iSleep 20, the iSleep 20+, and the iSleep 20i Auto CPAP. By combining these and other future products, GE Healthcare’s vision is to turn any hospital bed into a sleep lab to assess a patient’s sleeping patterns while in the hospital.
In the future, other GE Healthcare products could be combined with the iSleep portfolio to deliver sleep solutions, a company press release stated. For example, Breas technology could be accessible with digital GE Holter monitors to provide an opportunity for diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea in cardiovascular inpatients from existing bedside monitors.
The iSleep 20i is the flagship of the line, featuring i-technology that identifies and treats obstructed breathing. The iSleep portfolio is designed with an intuitive user interface and operates while maintaining sensitivity to breathing cycles. These Breas-developed units became part of the GE Healthcare product line after GE acquired Vital Signs Inc in 2008. Coupled with the expertise from Sleep Services of America, also part of the Vital Signs acquisition, GE Healthcare could provide sleep diagnostic services for both adults and children.