Pillow

Disease Category:
Target Audience: ,

Acceptable
Clinical Effectiveness
3
Functionality
3.5
Usability
3
63
Version: 3.05
Developer: Neybox Digital Ltd
Review Date: 2016-11-01
Cost: Free + Pro Version (Paid)

Overall App Summary:

 

App’s Intended Use:

App is intended to help you coordinate sleeping and waking up at the right time, as well as offer the usual benefits of a lot of data around ones sleep. It is intended to have a free feature and an upgrade to get all the premium data functionality features to help one plan, for example, eating and exercise, to optimize sleep.

Pillow is a sleep tracking app developed to work via a smartphone or smartwatch, to sense movement while a user sleeps to track quality of rest. In addition, the app tracks sounds during sleep, and will wake the user with a ‘smart’ alarm feature.

 

Who’s this app most useful for?

patients who have sleep disturbances, patients who are coming in to see a sleep specialist can get quite a bit of good data with the paid version. average consumer or fitness enthusiast ay not want to use this premium feature as it is clunky and difficult to comprehend in terms of real sleep.

This app is designed for users looking for a sleep monitoring tool available via their smartphone or Apple Watch that can monitor their sleep pattern and record sounds. The app will also be beneficial for users looking to capitalize on a smart alarm clock which will rouse them when nearly awake.

 

How should use it?

This app is designed for users looking for a sleep monitoring tool available via their smartphone or Apple Watch that can monitor their sleep pattern and record sounds. The app will also be beneficial for users looking to capitalize on a smart alarm clock which will rouse them when nearly awake.

The app is probably best used with an Apple Watch, which this reviewer found to be more accurate and monitored sleep better than using the default mode of having the phone rest by the user while they sleep. Sound recording can be activated, which may be beneficial if observing for snoring or other associated sounds that may wake the user or be indicative of irregular sleep that may require further monitoring. Other benefits include mood tracking, creating notes about a nights sleep, and sounds to play before falling to sleep.

 

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

The app is probably best used with an Apple Watch, which this reviewer found to be more accurate and monitored sleep better than using the default mode of having the phone rest by the user while they sleep. Sound recording can be activated, which may be beneficial if observing for snoring or other associated sounds that may wake the user or be indicative of irregular sleep that may require further monitoring. Other benefits include mood tracking, creating notes about a nights sleep, and sounds to play before falling to sleep.

The benefit of this app may be help the user fall to sleep (with sounds), tracking their sleep habits, and also a waking feature. The ability to record sounds may be clinically useful to share with their providers.

 

Is there any published evidence that the app actually works?

See review from Sleep Better from Runtastic. However, the sync with the Apple Watch may allow this app to be more accurate.

 

Regulatory Compliance

Not applicable.

 

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

The most desirable is the technical features of apple kit, apple watch integration. I did not try with an apple watch and only on a phone so important to see if that holds true.

The app is simple to use and navigate, with helpful hints. However, with many features, the user may be inundated on how to use it. It does take some time to set up and learn how to navigate.

 

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

Free and paid, paid only worth the upgrade if someone is willing to spend significant time investigating their sleep. The paid version adds on powernap features which may be beneficial for users seeking to track their naps.

Security and Privacy

Password: No password.
Encryption:
Data Security:
Data Sharing:
Regulatory Compliance: Likely to fall under exemption of FDA regulation as according to Mobile Medical Application guidelines

Reviewer(s)
Timothy Aungst

Timothy Aungst, PharmD, is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at MCPHS University. He graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Luke's University Hospital, and then a Clinical Geriatric Fellowship at MCPHS University. He is passionate about the rise of technology in health care and its application to pharmacy. He has published primarily on the role of mobile technology and mHealth, and made multiple national and international presentations on those topics. He blogs at TheDigitalApothecary.com, and you can find him on Twitter @TDAungst.

Previous clinical contributor for Iodine, inc. Freelance writer for Pharmacy Times.

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

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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