LifeWatch AG

EANS-Adhoc: LifeWatch AG
Announces `NiteWatch´ Home Sleep Apnea Testing Service

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ad-hoc disclosure transmitted by euro adhoc with the aim of a Europe-wide distribution. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New Products 28.07.2009 Neuhausen am Rheinfall / Switzerland and Chicago / USA, July 28, 2009 - LifeWatch AG's (SIX Swiss Exchange: LIFE) American subsidiary LifeWatch Services, Inc., the leading provider of wireless telemedicine services in the U.S., is set to expand into the promising sleep apnea home sleep testing market. LifeWatch, the leading U.S. provider of wireless telemedicine services, announces the expansion of its current remote medical monitoring services with a sleep apnea home sleep testing service. NiteWatch which will be launched during Q4 2009 to specific customers, with an expanded roll-out planned in 2010. Sleep Apnea, which is characterized by the temporary suspension of breathing during sleep for as much as 100 times a night, affects approximately 38 million individuals in the U.S. Sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, diabetes, and serious accidents due to fatigue and sleepiness. Patients with untreated sleep apnea have shown to incur double the healthcare costs of those that have been diagnosed and treated. Despite its high prevalence and associated complications, less than 1 in 7 patients who suffer from sleep apnea in the U.S. have been diagnosed. Failure to diagnose sleep apnea is in part due to the fact that a patient is required to sleep in a strange and uncomfortable environment at a sleep lab or clinic, while wearing an apparatus that makes the act of sleeping almost impossible. Patients are further discouraged by the fact that sleep clinic rooms often book out months in advance due to the increased demand. Alternatively, home sleep testing (HST) solutions are emerging as the appropriate diagnostic solution for more than 95% of sleep apnea cases, as they can be performed in the comfort of one's normal sleeping environment. In early 2009, Medicare issued a coverage decision memo specific to HST for sleep apnea diagnosis after an extensive review of clinical studies conducted to validate the utilization of home sleep testing (HST). The decision declared that the use of home sleep testing technologies demonstrates improved health outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries who have sleep apnea and received the appropriate treatment, and that these tests are thus reasonable and necessary. "The introduction of home sleep testing will greatly improve the quality of life of the many patients who are reluctant to go to a sleep lab", stated Alan Kadish, M.D. "By offering services in the comfort of their home, these patients are almost certain of receiving a correct diagnosis which can be treated appropriately," he added. Dr. Kadish is a member of LifeWatch's Medical Advisory Board is a fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and Senior Associate Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Yacov Geva, Chairman and CEO of LifeWatch AG, stated, "We are excited to announce our first steps into the promising home sleep testing market, and are confident that our NiteWatch service will contribute to a patient's improved quality of life through earlier and more accurate detection that allows for more appropriate treatment options". About LifeWatch AG LifeWatch AG, headquartered in Neuhausen am Rheinfall and listed on SIX Swiss Exchange (LIFE), Switzerland, is the leading healthcare technology and solution company, specializing in advanced telehealth systems and wireless cardiac monitoring services. LifeWatch services treat high-risk and chronically ill patients, health conscious consumers and wellness programs. LifeWatch has subsidiaries in the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Israel. LifeWatch AG is the parent company of LifeWatch Services Inc., a leading US-based cardiac monitoring service provider, and manufacturer of telecardiology products. Sign-up for customized e-mail alerts and documentation requests is available at This press release includes forward-looking statements. 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