Marking yet another first in the world of mHealth developments, this week iMPak Health, LLC (a joint venture of Swedish-based chip developer and innovator Cypak and Meridian Health) unveiled a groundbreaking new mobile product dubbed SleepTrak, the first Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled mobile health and wellness application.
SleepTrak will initially launch using Nokia’s Symbian platform, currently used on the new C7 Nokia Smartphone.
The app can be downloaded for free from Nokia’s Ovi store.
The SleepTrak product was developed and designed specifically to provide consumers with an easy to use device that can tell them more about how well they sleep at night, track symptoms associated with inefficient sleep, and provide resources and suggestions for better sleep habits.
Consumers can simply touch the card to the NFC enabled Nokia C7 phone and the data automatically uploads to the software application on the phone. Sleep data is then tracked, analyzed, and trended for the user automatically.
According to the official announcement of the app from iMPak Health, the SleepTrak card specifically utilizes a method widely used in Sleep Labs called actigraphy, which is analyzed to create sleep efficiency scores.
“NFC and Cypak technology enable SleepTrak to bring many aspects of a professional sleep assessment session to the consumer market for a fraction of the price,” says Per Nathanaelson, iMPak Health President and CEO. “With iMPak Health’s provider expertise from Meridian Health, the SleepTrak data will be useful when presented to a trained medical professional.”
“Two of the most important factors in developing the SleepTrak solution were to make sure it was simple to use and could empower consumers with better information,” says Sandra Elliott, Director of iMPak Health. “Not only are users more informed about what happens when they sleep, they are in full control of sharing it with their physician.”