Studies to determine sleeping disorders are usually conducted at a clinic, but now there is a new FDA-cleared medical device called SleepView that meets all American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CSM) guidelines for Type III Home Sleep Test Monitors. Patients can be tested in the comfort of home without an observer and with fewer sensors attached to their body.
"This reduces anxiety, leads to a more natural night of sleep and improves patient acceptance of test protocol," says Tom Treon, senior product manager for Midmark Corporation, creators of SleepView. "In addition, there is a substantial cost savings. Home sleep testing (HST) is typically one-fifth the cost of an overnight in-lab study. Often, the comfort and familiarity of being tested in your own home at the direction of a physician helps patients overcome the initial hurdle of being tested so that the disease can be effectively identified and managed."
SleepView provides a monitor for home recording of sleep and a web portal for access to native sleep study data or registered polysomnographic technologists and board-certified sleep physicians who provide scoring, professional interpretation and treatment recommendations.
"If you are a candidate [for potential sleep apnea], the physician orders a home sleep test study, prepares the monitor and instructs you on proper setup and use. You're able to leave the office on the same day, prepared to self-administer the home sleep test in your own bed. You then return the sleep study kit to the physician's office. Sleep test data can either be reviewed on site or uploaded into an online portal for sleep lab quality scoring by a registered polysomnographic technologist and interpretation by a board-certified sleep physician who also makes a recommendation for treatment. The prescribing physician is notified when the sleep study report is ready, and the physician reviews the test results and provides recommendations in a follow-up appointment with the patient."
Home sleep testing devices are readily available through prescription from primary care physicians.