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1. WO2020002684 - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCREASING ADHERENCE TO A PRESSURE SUPPORT THERAPY

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What is Claimed is:

1. A method for increasing adherence of a patient to a therapy provided by a pressure support device (32), the method comprising:

collecting (102) data regarding a number of attributes of the patient along with time information thereof;

determining (104) the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data; determining (106) a condition of the pressure support device (32); and providing (108) an indication to the patient responsive to determining the occurrence and determining the condition.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein collecting data regarding a number of attributes of the patient comprises collecting data regarding one or more of: actigraphy, heart rate, and/or oxygen saturation of the patient.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the occurrence of a sleep event comprises determining one or more of: a pre- determined bed time for the patient will be occurring within a predetermined period of time; the patient is trailing toward sleep; the patient is sleeping; and/or the patient is experiencing a sleep disruption.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein determining a condition of the pressure support device comprises determining that the pressure support device is one of turned on and in use or not turned on.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein determining a condition of the pressure support device comprises determining that the pressure support device is one of: not within a predetermined proximity of the patient; within a predetermined proximity of the patient, turned on and in use; or within a predetermined proximity of the patient but not turned on.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data comprises determining sleep onset by the patient and the occurrence of a sleep disruption; wherein determining a condition of the pressure support device comprises determining the pressure support device is not in use; and providing an indication to the patient responsive to determining the occurrence and determining the condition comprises providing an audible alert and providing a visual alert to use the pressure support device.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data comprises determining that a bed time for the patient will be occurring within a predetermined period of time; wherein determining a condition of the pressure support device comprises determining that the pressure support device is not within a predetermined proximity; and wherein providing an indication to the patient comprises displaying a visual reminder to the patient to obtain the pressure support device for use during sleep.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data comprises determining that a bed time for the patient will be occurring within a first predetermined period of time; wherein determining a condition of the pressure support device comprises determining that the pressure support device is within a predetermined proximity and that the patient has not used the pressure support device within another predetermined period of time; and wherein providing an indication to the patient comprises displaying a visual reminder to the patient that the pressure support device should be used regularly.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data comprises determining that a bed time for the patient will be occurring within a first predetermined period of time and that the patient is trailing toward sleep; wherein determining a condition of the pressure support device comprises determining that the pressure support device is not in use; and wherein providing an indication to the patient comprises providing one or more of an: audible alert, a vibratory alert, and/or a visual alert to the user.

10. An external device (36) for use in a system (30) for increasing adherence of a patient to a pressure support therapy, the external device comprising:

a number of sensors (38) structured to sense one or more attributes of the patient;

a processing unit (40) in communication with the number of sensors; a communications unit (42) in communication with the processing unit (40), the communications unit being structured to wirelessly communicate with a pressure support device (32); and

an output device (44) structured to provide one or more of an visual, audible, and/or a vibratory alert to the patient,

wherein the processing unit is programmed to:

collect (102) data regarding a number of attributes of the patient along with time information thereof;

determine (104) the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data;

determine (106) a condition of the pressure support device; and provide (108) an indication via the output device to the patient responsive to determining the occurrence and determining the condition.

11. The external device of claim 10, wherein the communications unit is structured to wirelessly communicate with the pressure support device via Bluetooth.

12. A system (30) for increasing adherence of a patient to a pressure support therapy, the system comprising:

a pressure support device (32); and

an external device (36) comprising:

a number of sensors (38) structured to sense one or more attributes of the patient;

a processing unit (40) in communication with the number of sensors;

a communications unit (42) in communication with the processing unit (40) and wirelessly in communication with the pressure support device; and

an output device (44) structured to provide one or more of an audible alert and/or a vibratory alert to the patient,

wherein the processing unit is programmed to:

collect (102) data regarding a number of attributes of the patient along with time information thereof;

determine ( 104) the occurrence of a sleep-related event from the data;

determine (106) a condition of the pressure support device; and provide (108) an indication via the output device to the patient responsive to determining the occurrence and determining the condition.

13. The external device of claim 20, wherein the one or more attributes comprise at least one of actigraphy or heart rate.

14. The external device of claim 20, wherein the communications unit is structured to wirelessly communicate with the pressure support device via Bluetooth.