MotionX 24/7

Disease Category:
Target Audience:

Limited
Clinical Effectiveness
2.5
Functionality
3
Usability
2
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Version: 10.2
Developer: Fullpower Technologies, Inc.
Review Date: 2016-04-20
Cost: Paid

Overall App Summary:

MotionX 24/7 is in a crowded field of sleep-related apps. This one has many features, which may confuse the user. Further, none of them are clearly backed by sound medical science. However, the casual user may be interested in the sleep monitoring possibilities (sleep duration, snoring) and the relevant reports generated. The app claims to be within 95% accuracy of professional sleep monitors used in sleep clinics. It claims to optimize your wake up time by analyzing sleep patterns. It also claims to monitor heart rate, weight, daytime activity level. Unfortunately, it gave one of the reviewers credit for an extra hour of sleep while taking a shower. One can manually enter some data into the system, but I have hard time believing the accuracy of the sleep recordings. There was limited unpublished data on 18 patients on the website with questionable research methodology.

 

App’s Intended Use:

The Motion X 24/7 app is intended to monitor sleep quality and duration. It claims to record apnea, snoring, and other sounds as well as optimize your wake up time by analyzing sleep patterns. It also monitors heart rate, weight, and daytime activity level.

 

Who’s this app most useful for?

Anyone who wants to monitor their length and quality of sleep. 

Given the myriad functions (sleep duration & snoring monitoring, “right time” awakening, etc.), the user can use this app in various ways. The clinical usefulness of any of these features is not clear or proven. At the least, the user can use the app to record sleep duration (manual entry), but the automated metrics of sleep are not clearly accurate: duration of light sleep, deep sleep, and sleep efficiency. Further, an additional feature allows the user to use the app to be awakened from a nap or sleep at the “right time” – the idea being that the user won’t be awoken from deep sleep, but rather a sleep stage in which the user will feel refreshed upon awakening and not groggy. This is also an unproven function.

 

How should use it?

Place next to bed at night (face down to avoid light) and plugged into the wall (to maintain battery). Be sure to put airplane mode to avoid unwanted emails/texts.

 

Is the mobile app clinically relevant? Any clinical benefits? How would you use it as a provider?

To measure sleep duration and quality. Can measure resting heart rate when you wake up in the morning.

 

Is there any published evidence that the app actually works?

No peer reviewed publications. Some limited reports by the company on 18 patients. The clinical relevance and benefits of this app are both unclear. Many of the related claims are probably false or unfounded and should certainly be tested.

 

Regulatory Compliance

Most likely exempt from FDA regulatory clearance based on MMA guidance.

 

What is the most important/ desirable feature of the app?

Graph of sleep cycle including awake, light and deep sleep cycles.

 

If there’s a paid version, is it worth the upgrade?

At $0.99, it is one of the lease expensive paid apps on the market.

Security and Privacy

Password: No
Encryption:
Data Security:
Data Sharing:
Regulatory Compliance:

Reviewer(s)
Ayesha Khalid

Ayesha is an ENT surgeon at Harvard Medical School with an MBA in Global Leadership and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Ayesha serves on several Boards for medical organizations and is currently on the board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Ayesha has experience with consulting for private equity firms to evaluate business opportunities in the health IT and medical practice management. She served as Vice-President of Business Development of a digital health start-up out of Johns Hopkins, Doctella. Presently, in addition to clinical practice, Ayes is the Clinician Director for CBIT at the Yale School of Medicine and is curating early stage health IT startups. You can follow Ayesha on Twitter at @ayeshakhalidmd

Conflicts of Interest

Employment: Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Yale School of Medicine; Consultant/ Advisor: 480 Biomedical, Stallergenes Greer, Smith and Nephew, Lambay Advisors, Burr Pilgrim Mayer; Ownership: 480 Biomedical, Collective Healthtech, GeoHealth

Adam Cohen

Dr. Adam B. Cohen, a Michigan native, is a neurologist & neuro-ophthalmologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is the Neurology Inpatient Medical Director and TeleNeurology Co-Director. He focuses on process innovation, digital health, and improving the efficiency of specialty health care delivery.

Conflicts of Interest:

Employment: Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Consultant/ Advisor: Decibel Therapeutics, EM Gladiators LLC; Ownership: Expertaj; Research: Academic only; no private funding.

Editor(s)
Maulik Majmudar

Dr. Maulik Majmudar is a practicing cardiologist and Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital; and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He lectures at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in areas of healthcare innovation & entrepreneurship, as well as medical device design and development. Dr. Majmudar started his career as a medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, completed resident training in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and followed by a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School. You can follow him @mmajmudar

Conflicts of Interest:

Employment: Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Consultant/ Advisor: AliveCor, BioFourmis, Cardiogram, EchoSense, Facebook, HUINNO, MC10, Nokia; Ownership: BioFourmis, Cardiogram, HiLabs, Quanttus; Research: EchoSense, GE Healthcare, MIT.

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