(02-03-2015, 10:31 AM)justMongo Wrote: The Z-1 cannot be much more than a blower, a pressure sensor; and a rather simple controller to maintain pressure.
I doubt that it even has a flow sensor.
I don't consider total run time a "bell and/or whistle". That's just basic functionality.
And these are not cheap little machines - little yes, cheap no: The price of the Auto unit rivals the price of a new S-10 AutoSet. And significantly exceeds that of the Respironics 560 Auto. Cost of the CPAP model is $75 less than a ResMed S-9 Elite CPAP and a smidgen more than a Respironics 60 Series Pro CPAP.
And the Z-1 is at least a limited (maybe more) data capable machine that tracks compliance (and thus usage time), pressure and leak data (and thus, I am speculating a flow sensor). At the very least. I do not know about AHI or other events yet. It hooks into the PC for download via a standard mini USB. One other thing it has going for it is the ability for the user to upgrade the firmware in the field. The "big boys" don't do that. Maybe a firmware patch could provide a non-volatile lock down of total blower hours, or if the data is already there, to display it. I know that they did change the pressure relief parameters with the last firmware update.
The Z-1 Auto appears fully data capable. Heck, it has some better reporting functions than the "big boys" - it is bluetooth compatible and syncs wirelessly to iPhone or iPad and can even be controlled via the phone/pad app. According to the HDM propaganda.
I just found it a little unnerving that it would lack such a common, basic feature as run time reporting, especially since the time monitoring is already built in for compliance reporting. And a little bit moreso at the lack of authoritative knowledge on the part of tech support. I will however, give them a thumbs up for at least having tech support a patient can talk to. I don't know if the "big boys" do do that.