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Combining AI with the Latest Medicine Joint Project to Solve Sleep Disorders Trials carried out by Brain Sleep and NTT East

2021.05.28

Brain Sleep (headquarters: Chiyoda City, Tokyo) and NTT East announced the launch of a joint trial project to build a sleep data analysis platform and AI predictive model for diagnosing sleep disorders, on March 15. The two companies will continue to further strengthen their partnership, combining Brain Sleep’s knowledge of cutting edge medicine with NTT East’s advanced ICT technology, and involve numerous other partner companies, to aim to find solutions to sleep disorders in Japan.

Among OECD member nations, Japan is known as having the lowest average sleep time, and it continues to trend downwards every year. The term “sleep debt,” which has recently begun to garner attention, refers to the way in which sleep deprivation can build up over time without the individual becoming aware, causing a decline in daytime concentration and worsened psychological state. This can have many deleterious effects, including increasing the risk of so-called lifestyle based illnesses. Companies are also faced with the problem of employee productivity and management efficiency declining due to the buildup of sleep deprivation in their employees, or their employees experiencing sleep disorders.

 

Thus sleep debt is becoming a major issue, while solutions to sleep disorders based on medical and scientific evidence have not yet been implemented for society.

 

To tackle this problem, Brain Sleep, a company that aims to create a revolution in sleep and escape from sleep debt by developing solutions based on medical and scientific evidence, will partner with NTT East, a company that uses cutting edge technology such as AI and IoT, to promote the solving of community issues, so as to provide support to companies that wish to promote health management or develop new sleep solutions.

 

A platform for utilizing sleep data will be developed as part of the project. The platform will serve as a repository for sleep data owned by Brain Sleep and future research data, while also serving as a platform for the use of the data for analysis using AI. This data platform will be used to support companies that wish to promote health management, companies that wish to develop new sleep solutions, and local governments that wish to move forward with smart city programs.

 

The two companies will also work with the Ota Sleep Center, an organization with one of the strongest track records of sleep exams in Japan, to build an AI model that can support the diagnosing of sleep disorders. Exam data on roughly 10,000 patients who received a definitive diagnosis from polysomnography (PSG) exams at the center will be used to build the AI model for sleep disorder diagnosis. This will help faster and more efficient diagnosis, earlier discovery of disorders.

 

The Sleep Bias for Biz indicator will also be used to visualize employee sleep and engagement for companies that wish to promote health management, helping to analyze issues occurring below the surface to help improve employee presenteeism.

 

The platform will also support companies that wish to build new sleep solutions, and local governments that wish to move forward with smart city programs. As the first step, a technology trial will be carried out using sensing and IoT technologies to support smooth waking by identifying the optimal nap time and wake time for each individual.

 

The insights and knowledge obtained via the trial will be shared to support companies that wish to build new sleep solutions, and local governments that wish to move forward with smart city programs.

This article has been translated by JST with permission from The Science News Ltd.(https://sci-news.co.jp/). Unauthorized reproduction of the article and photographs is prohibited.

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