Health information technology company, Zansors, and the University of Michigan Health System launched the Sleep Champ mobile health app during the BlogHer 2012 Conference. Powered by the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center’s sleep quality (SRBD) scale technology, Zansors’ Sleep Champ app will help parents identify children potentially at risk for sleep-related breathing disorders, hyperactivity, and sleepiness in children.

The app serves to educate and alert parents about symptoms that could signal an underlying problem with their child’s sleep quality and wellness. It features a series of yes-or-no questions about a child’s behavior and exhibited characteristics that can help parents figure out if their child is getting quality sleep.

The app is based on the Sleep Related Breathing Disorders Scale, a questionnaire developed by Ronald D. Chervin, MD, MS, the Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professor of Sleep Medicine and the director of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center. The SRBD Scale is designed to assess sleep quality, specifically identifying symptoms of sleep-related breathing disorders.

“Appropriate identification and treatment of childhood sleep disorders can make a huge difference, for years to come, in the lives of children and their families,” said Chervin. “I very much hope that, at minimum, the Sleep Champ app will create better awareness about sleep and breathing problems that children can have, and about the potential consequences.”