Frontiers in Home Sleep Laboratory Monitoring

zallekSarah Zallek

Sleep Medicine & Clinical Neurophysiology
Illinois Neurological Institute
Sarah.N.Zallek@INI.org

Drs. Sarah Zallek, Brad Gleason, and Patrick Elwood of the Illinois Neurological Institute have partnered with Jump to conceive and create new devices that will expand our ability to diagnose and treat sleep disorders from the home. One of those disorders is sleep apnea, a condition that is very common and linked to a tremendous number of other serious health conditions, such as stroke. The emergence of consumer devices such as Fitbit and similar wearable technologies have expanded the field and promoted self and home study. Those devices are certainly useful at some level, but are not a replacement for formal sleep studies. More information is here: http://bit.ly/jump_sleep

bedOur team will devise wearable nighttime sensors that will further bridge the gap between formal sleep studies and the ability to perform more home sleep monitoring. We believe there is an enormous market for home sleep laboratory services. The team will be housed at Jump, will have access to its design and build facilities, and will have physicians from Jump and the Illinois Neurological Institute as supporting subject matter experts.

Specialists within INI have discussed the opportunity that exists in increasing the effectiveness of home sleep testing with telemetry and biometric sensing. INI leaders offer the opinion that “This is a unique opportunity to be a leader in turning the home bedroom into a sleep lab.”

 


 

Dr. Sarah Zallek, MD, is the Medical Director at the Illinois Neurological Institute Sleep Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Dr. Zallek is a 1987 graduate of the University of California. She completed her medical training at Rush Medical College, and went on to complete a Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Zallek has co-authored multiple publications in nationally recognized journals in the field of sleep medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and a fellow for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and has received several awards, including a teaching award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in 2006. Dr. Zallek joined the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in 2000 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Neurology.