This smart card is required for use with any version of the Respironics Encore Pro software, Encore Viewer Software 1.0 and smart card reader. No other smart card is compatible. Return On Warranty Issues Only
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Smart cards are included with the Respironics recording machines we sell. A smart card is not included with the smart card reader. This is a replacement or additional card.
Here are links to information that may be helpful in using this smart card:
Barbara Z, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL – October 23, 2008
"This card helps me monitor my progress or lack of progress. I am able to check leak rate, effectiveness of my settings. It also enables my doctor to make adjustments when necessary. For me it is an important part of my treatment and success with sleep apnea."
Voted most helpful critical review
Proprietary Storage -- Too Bad
Marilyn A, New Orleans, LA – November 24, 2008
"From the stand point of being able to read data from a fully data capable CPAP on a daily, these cards are an essential part of CPAP therapy, and should be purchased by every CPAP user who has a data-capable Respironics machine.
However, my feeling is that Respironics made a serious mistake in going with a proprietary storage media (along with its proprietary card reader and proprietary software. The cards hold six months of compliance data, but only seven days (less if you take naps)of detailed information. Then the machine, without warning you that you are out of room, begins writing over the "old" data.
Despite the excellent prices offered by CPAP.COM, these cards, being proprietary, are very expensive for the amount of detailed data storage offered. Respironics would serve its end-use customers (the patients) much better by designing machines which could store data on standard flash drives. Or, they should redesign the Smart Card so that it can hold not only 6 months of compliance information, but six months of daily detailed information.
It is only the proprietary and low data volume factor which causes the low rating on this product. Otherwise, it performs as it is represented, and is a must for any person serious about their CPAP therapy. Just be aware that without a utility to extract and store the data (not provided by Respironics), or a good printer, you will either lose data, or you will be buying a large number of these cards."
"Received card in about 2 days and Cpap.com paid the shipping! Great service! Thanks!"
Kiralynx, LA – January 11, 2011
"Having several cards to record data on when traveling and not carrying a computer and card reader is a must. This product is pretty durable -- my cards appear to last around a year. My DME is entirely too slow about getting product to me, so it's best to have several extras on hand in case one decides to die (I ordered some from the SME the beginning od December; they have not yet arrived. I ordered 2 from CPAP.COM, and they arrived in two days). It rates a 4 instead of a 5 because Respironics did not design these cards and their software to hold more than seven sessions of detailed data. Otherwise, they would receive a 5."
Grant I, Saskatoon, SK – March 29, 2010
"works as advertised delivered in reasonable time by post office"
CPAP software allows the downloading of information from certain CPAP machines. Information on breathing, pressure levels delivered, apneas, etc. is available to help determine the effectiveness of CPAP therapy. Software is not required to operate a CPAP machine. CPAP Software also provides more data than obtained through the on screen display or SmartCode. The CPAP Software also allows you and your doctor to drill into any night of data recorded and view the data on an hour by hour basis.
Some CPAP manufacturer maintains a proprietary software package that is only compatible with their machines.
Here is a list of each manufacturer and the name of its related full data software:
Philips Respironics: EncorePro - sold for Sleep Professionals
Philips Respironics: EncoreViewer 1.0 - sold for Patient Use
Puritan Bennett (Legacy 420 Series): SilverLining 3.10 - sold for both
Covidien: Sandman Series Therapy Software 1.2 - sold for both
Resmed: ResScan 3.3 and ResScan 3.7 - sold for Sleep Professionals
DeVilbiss: SmartLink Therapy Management Software - sold for both
Fisher & Paykel: Performance Maximizer - sold for both
Here is a list of each manufacturer and the name of is related compliance software:
AEIOMed: DataRest Compliance Software Kit - sold for both
Fisher & Paykel: Compliance Maximizer - sold for both
What types of Software are available?
There are two types of software available: Compliance software, and Advanced software.
Compliance software provides data such as patient hours, total machine operating hours, your pressure setting, and pressure relief information. Advance software includes compliance data and provides more detail such as AHI (Apnea/Hypopnea Index), Leakage, most pressure used, and a detailed usage histogram.
Compliance software is available with some standard CPAP machines. Advanced software is available with most top of the line CPAP machines, APAPs, and Bi-level machines as well.
How do I interpret my data?
Software data can be interpreted by your physician or clinician. There are also many websites and search engines available to help you research the sleep apnea related terms which will provide you more knowledge in managing your own cpap therapy. CPAPtalk.com. our free Sleep Apnea forum is a great resource for CPAP users who want to understand their condition and take control over their health.