Posted by: Jan | September 19, 2011

Data Capable Machines

I talk a lot about insisting on getting a data capable machine if you possibly can, but I thought I’d put a list here of the data capable machines AND their model numbers since model names are often (deliberately) confusing.

I’ve color coded the recommendations as follows:

BLUE = best machines in the line.

GREEN=fully data capable

ORANGE=Caution recommended, see comments

RED=Not data capable, or only limited data available

A few notes on the following chart:  I will try to keep this up to date, but note the date in case I don’t.  I am only recommending the latest generation of each brand.  While the older generations may have some excellent machines, to have full data access without a lot of expense you want a 2010 model or later that uses a standard data card and reader, instead of a proprietary card and reader.

I have only listed CPAP and APAP machines here, I am not familiar with the bipap and ASV models.  Be sure to ask on a sleep apnea support forum BEFORE before agreeing to accept a bipap or ASV, as these are even more expensive machines that you can’t easily replace at your own expense if you are not happy with the machine.  Here’s a link to Rested Gal’s post on CPAPtalk.com that lists all of the current machines, including BiPAP’s and ASV’s–her list is much more comprehensive:  http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic.php?p=307168#p307168

 CPAP/APAP MACHINES

As of September 2011

ResMed Data Capable Machines

Model

ID Number

Comments

S9 Autoset 36005 APAP with full efficacy data. Color LED screen with lots of data accessible on machine.  Mask fit feature. 
S9 Elite 36003 CPAP with full efficacy data, Color LED screen with lots of data accessible on machine. 

 AVOID these ResMed machines!

Model

ID Number

Comments

S9 Escape Auto 36002 Auto with limited efficacy data, NO leak data
S9 Ecape CPAP 36001 Cpap with compliance Data Only

The model name appears on the left side just above the On/Off button.  See

http:// photo EscapeAuto.jpg model name for ResMed Machines

 

 

Philips Respironics Data Capable Machines (a.k.a “Remstar”)

Model

ID Number

Comments

PR System One REMstar Auto with A-Flex DS550S Auto with full efficacy data, but poor onscreen data.  Screen is hard to see, newer models are backlit.
PR System One REMstar Pro with C-Flex DS450S CPAP with full efficacy data

AVOID these Philips Respironics (Remstar) machines!

Model

ID Number

Comments

PR System One REMstar Plus CPAP Machine with C-Flex DS 250S CPAP with NO efficacy data
PR System One REMstar Pro with Auto IQ DS450S Auto IQ This auto machine is designed for titrating at home.  While it is data capable, it may have some features that limit its flexibility in the home setting and at this time it is NOT recommended. 

DeVilbiss Intellipaps

Model

ID Number

Comments

Intellipap AutoAdjust Travel Cpap with SmartFlex  DV54D  Fully data capable via Smart Link software or most data via Smart Codes/web tool
 Intellipap Standard Plus CPAP Machine with SmartFlex  DV53D Fully data capable via Smart Link software or Smart Codes/web tool,

AVOID this DeVilbiss Intellipap!

Model

ID Number

Comments

Intellipap Standard Travel CPAP DV51D No Efficacy Data

Fisher & Paykel ICON–CAUTION!

Model

ID Number

Comments

Icon Auto CPAP  ICONAAN  NOT recommended at this time because software is not readily available.
 Icon Premo CPAP  ICONPBN  NOT recommended at this time because software is not readily available.

AVOID this Fisher & Paykel Icon Machine

Model

ID Number

Comments

Icon Novo CPAP ICONNBN CPAP with NO efficacy data

A big thank you to Emillia, Pugsy, Rested Gal, and others from the CPAPTalk.com forum for their help and input!

Please send me feedback if there are any inaccuracies or as you have experience with other machines not listed.

Someone asked me to post where to get the software to read the data off your machines and cards.  All I can suggest is to do a search on my favorite CPAP forum (which is easy enough to guess if you read my blog!).  That will generally lead you to a software source, including some free, open source software.  I’m a bit reluctant to post any more information, so that we don’t offend the CPAP gods (and the copyright gods!) who would be happy to shut off any avenue of patient access to our own treatment data.  It’s out there if you know where to look!

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Responses

  1. Great information, Jan!

    You do an absolutely wonderful job helping people who’ve been diagnosed with OSA prepare themselves for their first interactions with a home health care equipment provider.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. I appreciate your work “JAN”. These helps anyone for choosing a machine that best fit.

  3. Excellent comparison of models. I admire your dedication to sharing your insights with others, along with a shoulder to lean for those that need encouragement. RickA

    • Thanks, Rick. The PRS1 list is a little outdated, there are newer models.


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