Sleep Testing at Home Growing in Popularity among Medical Providers and Patients

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Devices that diagnose sleep apnea at home are becoming a popular alternative to overnight sleep testing in a sleep center. According to pm-Assist, a service that provides reports to medical providers for home sleep testing devices, the volume of completed reports more than doubled in 2011.

"The growth of our pm-Assist program parallels the growth of home sleep testing in the industry," commented Dr. Benjamin Gerson.

Home sleep testing devices have become popular among medical providers to determine whether or not patients may have obstructive sleep apnea. Left untreated, sleep apnea can account for higher risks of accidents, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even colon cancer. Medical professionals upload raw data off the machine through the pm-Assist℠ service that is scored by Registered Polysomnographic Technicians (RPSGT), interpreted by Board Certified Sleep Physicians, and in as little as 24 hours receive a diagnostic report.

“The growth of our pm-Assist program parallels the growth of home sleep testing in the industry,” commented Dr. Benjamin Gerson, Chief Medical Director of University Services, the parent company of pm-Assist, “Each year there are new home sleep testing devices entering the market allowing medical providers to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea accurately and efficiently. Pm-Assist has become an important component to this emerging industry.”

pm-Assist℠ is compatible with numerous home sleep testing devices and offers seamless transmission of data through a secure internet connection as well as online study tracking and statistical analysis. Each RPSGT and Board Certified Sleep Physician reviewing the patient data is an employee of University Services, not a network of unaffiliated physicians or technicians, which makes the pm-Assist℠ program unique.

Board Certified Sleep Physicians, medically licensed in all 50 states, review initial evaluations, titrations, re-evaluations, and treatment effectiveness studies. Step-by-step instructions are available for easy uploading & downloading of files. Diagnostic reports are issued with treatment recommendations based on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care.

To learn more about pm-Assist please visit http://www.pm-assist.com.

About pm-Assist
pm-Assist℠ allows medical providers using home sleep testing devices in their practice to upload raw data that is reviewed by RPSGTs, interpreted by Board Certified Sleep Physicians, and in as little as 24 hours receive a diagnostic report. Our Sleep Physicians medically licensed in all 50 states offer a consistent level of service nationwide.

About University Services
University Services, a multi-specialty medical services organization, provides sleep diagnostic and treatment to patients through American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep centers. Each sleep center offers state-of-the-art overnight testing facilities with private bedrooms, bathrooms, and the comforts of home. Convenient at-home testing options are also available.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Gerson, please call Crystal Bayawa at 800-624-3784 or e-mail Crystal at cbayawa(at)uservices(dot)com.

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