NightBalance receives coverage from largest Dutch healthcare payor Achmea for sleep apnea device
18 May 2015, Delft, the Netherlands – NightBalance announced today that Achmea, the largest healthcare payor in the Netherlands covering 5 million lives, will reimburse its Sleep Position Trainer (SPT). This makes the SPT, which is CE marked since January 1, 2012, the first innovative OSA device in the world to be reimbursed. Since the commercial launch in early 2012, NightBalance currently sells the SPT in 11 European countries through its network of specialized distributors.
Achmea has designated the SPT as a first-line treatment for apnea. The SPT is a smart device that gently trains patients not to sleep on their back (supine) to prevent apnea. Alternative treatment modalities such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or the use of a mandibular advancement devices (MAD) are considered effective, but invasive, uncomfortable, and complex. NightBalance has accumulated a wealth of clinical data demonstrating the efficacy and ease of use of its sleep position trainer, and a substantial increase in patient compliance.
NightBalance intends to raise a series B financing to support the further international commercial roll-out of the SPT, obtain reimbursement in other markets, and conduct studies to obtain 510(k) clearance from the U.S. FDA.
About Obstructive Sleep Apnea*
Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition characterized by frequent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep. Its effect on nocturnal sleep quality and ensuing daytime fatigue and sleepiness are widely acknowledged. Increasingly, obstructive sleep apnea is also being recognized as an independent risk factor for several clinical consequences, including systemic hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and abnormal glucose metabolism. Estimates of disease prevalence are in the range of 3% to 7%, with certain subgroups of the population bearing higher risk. Factors that increase vulnerability for the disorder include age, male sex, obesity, family history, menopause, craniofacial abnormalities, and certain health behaviors such as cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Despite the numerous advancements in our understanding of the pathogenesis and clinical consequences of the disorder, a majority of those affected remain undiagnosed.
About the Sleep Position Trainer
The Sleep Position Trainer has been developed by NightBalance to treat positional obstructive sleep apnea patients. The SPT trains patients not to sleep on their backs (supine) to prevent positional apneas. The SPT is worn on the chest and constantly measures the sleep position of the patient. When the patient lies in a supine position, the SPT gives off a light vibration that nudges the patient to change sleep position. This happens during the light sleep stage, so that the natural sleep pattern is not affected. Since the SPT activates itself after 20 minutes, it allows patients to fall asleep in any position. The smart sensor uses individually adjusted vibration strengths and patterns to assure its long-term effectiveness. The SPT is prescribed by ear, nose and throat specialists or pulmonologists.
A spin out from Delft University of Technology, NightBalance was founded in 2009 and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The company has developed the Sleep Position Trainer, a proprietary, highly advanced and easy to use device to prevent obstructive sleep apnea. The SPT is currently sold in 11 European countries. NightBalance has conducted extensive clinical studies demonstrating the SPT’s efficacy, and collaborates with more than 20 hospitals in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark and Belgium for further studies.
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*Naresh M. Punjabi “The Epidemiology of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea”, Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2008), pp. 136-143.