In an effort to help obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers identify and combat the disorder, Royal Philips Electronics will screen one million people worldwide for OSA over the next five years.
Philips’ program, consistent with its stated commitment to improve access to health care and save lives, will include screening across North America, Europe, and Asia. The program uses an online risk assessment on its World Sleep Day website. Individuals who have symptoms or believe they may be at-risk are encouraged to take the online risk assessment test. Upon completion, it will provide their risk level for OSA and encourage follow-up with their health care provider.
“Obstructive sleep apnea steals health from its sufferers and puts them on a path to potentially life-threatening diseases,” said Brent Shafer, CEO, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions. “It is our goal to use our innovative solutions to help OSA sufferers identify and combat this very serious disorder.”