(03-24-2012, 02:34 PM)Fosco Wrote: After 4 years, I am completely ignorant of "data" capabilities, if any, of my RemStar Plus M-series. I know nothing of what "data" I ought to be interested in and do not know how I would obtain it or evaluate it as none of my doctors have ever looked at it. I find it interesting that others on this forum seem to know something about their own "data".
Welcome to apneaboard, Fosco. I take it that after 4 years on CPAP you are encountering some problems again that brought you to search for and find "us". GOOD ON YOU. An informed patient is in a much better position to get good medical care. No one has a more vested interest in your health than you do. And you are the only one to endure the benefits - or consequences - of any test, procedure or therapy you elect to try.
That being said: the first and most important thing is how you FEEL in the morning when you wake and only you can determine that. The data that some CPAPs are able to report can provide some effective clues as to what is going "wrong" if you aren't feeling rested when you wake in the morning.
That data would include your AI (apnea index, i.e. how many apneas you encounter per hour of sleep), your AHI (apnea/hypopnea index, i.e. how many apneas and hypopneas you encounter per hour of sleep and your Leak rate, i.e. if you are leaking excessive therapy pressure thru your mouth or insufficient mask seal.
Most all CPAPs provide "compliance" data, i.e. how many hours per night you are using your CPAP and how many nights you are using your CPAP. Mostly this compliance data's only value is for your local DME provider to have on hand to provide to your insurance as proof that you are using your CPAP enough to make it worthwhile for your insurance to pay for it. Once your CPAP has been paid in full most providers have no further interest in your compliance data.
Your RemStar Plus is NOT capable of providing any more than compliance data. No RemStar CPAP w/Plus in the model name is capable of providing anthing more than compliance data - which is of no real use to you. Respironics is the manufacturer, they use RemStar as part of all their model names. Respironics has been purchased by Philips and now is know as Philips Respironics and we usually refer to them now as PR as it is shorter. PR is the leading manufacturer of CPAPs in the USA.
The second leading manufacturer is Resmed. Between them, Resmed and PR provide about 80% of all CPAP sales in the USA.