Using AI in Healthcare for Sleep Apnea & Insomnia

Updated: Apr 3



Welcome to the Executive Innovation Show Podcast, brought to you by One Touch Telehealth. During this podcast hear host, Carrie Chitsey, talk with Dr. Eugene Spiritus, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of SleepWatch by BodyMatter. 


Dr. Eugene Spiritius is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of SleepWatch by BodyMatter. He is a Pulmonary/ Critical Care specialist with over 20 years of practice. Recruited to serve as the first Chief Medical Officer at the University of California Irvine Medical Center he was responsible for Quality, Safety, Case Management, Infection Prevention, and Risk Management for 11 years.


Listen to “Using AI in Healthcare for Sleep Apnea & Insomnia” as we discuss the following: 


  • Did you know that we spend over 30% of our lives sleeping!? Over 50-70 Million Americans have a sleep disorder, this is a huge issue that doesn’t get talked about as often. In “Using AI in Healthcare for Sleep Apnea & Insomnia”, we talk with Dr. Eugene Spiritus about how sleep disorders have gotten lost in the healthcare system and healthcare technology can address the gap for better patient outcomes. 

  • How did Dr. Spiritus become so passionate about sleeping issues in the US? Listen as we talk about his background as a practicing physician to now leading a technology company. He explains that as a physician you can help one by one and with technology help the masses. 

  • With consumer healthcare rising through wearables to help things like diet, exercise, and mindfulness in real time, now consumers want to learn about their sleep health. Did you know that most primary care physicians have not been trained to address or treat sleep? Sleep labs have only been available since the 60s and 70s. Our grandparents use to get a solid 8-9 hours of sleep per night. 

  • Why has sleep gotten lost in the healthcare system? We talk with Dr. Spiritus about why doctors are giving out more and more sleeping pills. Are they the real answer to patient care? 

  • Are sleeping pills actually addictive? Are we just benefiting drug developers? What’s the verdict? Dr. Spiritus gives us a breakdown of the side effects of sleeping pills and why they don’t really give you the sleep you need. 

  • At BodyMatter, they are using AI in healthcare to understand why people aren’t sleeping well and the patterns that led to this. With data being collected via Apple Watch, how does AI use these predictive analytics to give patients better insights into what is driving their good and bad sleep patterns? Listen as Dr. Spiritus dives deeper into the use of artificial intelligence for healthcare and how their sleeping app works. He describes how AI and machine learning is helping patients get more meaningful results. 

  • In consumer healthcare, where the public has access to data from artificial intelligence such as sleeping habits or even genomics, how does that affect the interactions with the physician? How do we train physicians to understand more about sleep and its effect on a patient’s health through data? 

  • As we see AI technology in healthcare in other areas, how can you use data and connect it to humans (doctors and healthcare professionals) via technology like telehealth? 

  • We ask an ironic question for today’s podcast topic, “What’s keeping Dr. Spiritus up at night?”. Hear his answers on the podcast. 


Are you looking for more information on your sleep health? Download the SleepWatch app! 


Interested in more AI in healthcare podcasts? Be sure to check out “Creating Engaging Mobile Apps to Drive Virtual Care”!




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