Sleep Pulse 2

Disease Category:
Target Audience:

Limited
Clinical Effectiveness
2
Functionality
2
Usability
2
40
Version: 2.03
Developer: Spencer Brown
Review Date: 2016-09-17
Cost: Paid

Overall App Summary:

The Sleep Pulse 2 app is meant to track nightly sleep by using heart rate and movement through the night. This app needs to be purchased and is available from iTunes. An apple watch is needed in addition to your iPhone. The user interface is awkward and not very straightforward. For such simple task – tracking overnight sleep – it falls quite short on both design and functionality.

 

App’s Intended Use:

Sleep Pulse 2 is a sleep app that tracks nightly sleep by using an Apple watch that then syncs to the iPhone. This is accomplished by tracking your motion, heart rate and nightly steps to give you the profile of your sleep.

 

Who’s this app most useful for?

The app is most useful for users with sleep complaints and sleep dysfunction. It could be used to get a general idea of sleep time.

 

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

The app is not very clinically relevant. Furthermore, the app is limited to the Apple watch and is complex. Having to manually turn the sleep function off and on is cumbersome. Needing to also sync this to the phone every morning adds additional steps that reduce enthusiasm.

 

Is there any published evidence that the app actually works?

No.

 

Regulatory Compliance

Most likely exempt from FDA regulatory clearance, as per the MMA guidance.

 

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

The app is limited to the Apple watch and is complex. Having to manually turn the sleep function off and on is cumbersome. Needing to also sync this to the phone every morning adds additional steps that reduce enthusiasm.

 

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

The reviewers feel that this app does not offer any significant advantages over others in its category and has less functionality and worse usability than its competitors. They would not pay for this app.

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

Jeremiah Alt

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology Co-Director Rhinology, Sinus & Skull Base Program Adjunct Assistant Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Conflicts of Interest:

Employment: ; Consultant/ Advisor: None; Ownership: None; Research: None.

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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