What is EnsoSleep and what makes AI Scoring different?

EnsoSleep is an AI scoring software solution that automates sleep event detection with 90 percent clinician agreement. AI scored sleep studies are ready for a clinician’s overview and a discussion with a patient in about 15 minutes.

As an artificial intelligence (AI) solution in medicine, we’re often asked a lot of general questions about our AI scoring software, and how it works. Some folks ask about our AI’s capabilities: how fast is it? Is it consistent? What does it actually do? How does it work? Many in the sleep industry wonder what’s different between the autoscoring products they’ve seen before and our EnsoSleep AI scoring. To answer these questions, we compiled an AI Scoring FAQ with the most common questions we hear from sleep professionals interested in our AI technology.

What is AI?  

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the general field of study at the intersection of statistics, software development and theoretical computer science. AI developers ideate different applicable algorithmic approaches using large data sets to create machines with a certain level of intelligence. AI is often thought of as a robot, but a calculator, a scheduling assistant, an electric thermostat, and even your old Tamagotchi could be considered basic AI. The goal of many AI technologies is to solve problems the same way humans might, but with more accuracy and efficiency. 

What is Machine Learning (ML)?

Machine Learning (ML) refers to a collection of methods that enables an algorithm to execute specific tasks without being explicitly programmed. This is achieved by taking advantage of previously observed data, and through a training process, allows the ML algorithm to learn relationships within the observed data in order to make predictions on newly collected data. As a result, an ML-powered algorithm will continue to improve over time. 

What is Waveform AI?

Waveforms are used in healthcare to monitor, diagnose, and treat patients. The electric signal pulsing up and down on the monitor next to a patient’s bed is waveform data. Heartbeats on an EKG, eye movements through an EOG, and brain waves through an EEG all output as waveform data, with over 1.5 billion waveforms run per year globally across specialties. EnsoData’s Waveform AI leads the world in reading and understanding these waveforms. The first waveform AI product on the market was EnsoSleep, a sleep scoring AI built on over 500,000 clinical studies. 

What is AI Sleep Scoring?

AI sleep scoring is the automated event detection and analysis of PSG or HSAT data performed by an AI scoring software, like EnsoSleep. The AI does this by analyzing the waveform data of sleep tests and providing an AI scored study for a registered clinician to review. For clinicians with multiple locations, consistency can be difficult to attain, but with AI Scoring, your team has a tool to leverage for improved inter-scorer reliability. 

How effective is AI scoring? 

People also ask, how consistent is AI? How accurate is it? Our EnsoSleep AI scoring requires a clinician’s review, and during those reviews we consistently agree with the overscorers at an average rate of 90 percent, with some clinicians agreeing at higher rates. 

How does AI Scoring compare to Legacy Autoscoring? 

EnsoSleep is trained on hundreds of thousands of studies scored by RPSGTs and interpreted by board certified physicians. As a result, EnsoSleep is more sophisticated, consistent, and adaptable than legacy autoscoring solutions. Thanks to machine learning, EnsoSleep continuously improves with each scored study. 

Can your AI score HSATs?

Yes, EnsoSleep works for home sleep apnea tests (HSATs). In fact, AI scoring makes at-home testing more scalable and profitable for providers as it improves consistency and reduces time spent scoring simultaneously. 

How fast can an RPSGT review an AI scored PSG test? 

EnsoSleep works behind-the-scenes, integrating with your current PSG viewer, so tests are typically identified and scored in the wee hours of the morning, meaning when a day scorer arrives for their shift, all the night’s studies are ready for a review. In a matter of minutes after a study is saved in your designated server, EnsoSleep downloads the study, identifies patterns and events for clinical diagnosis, and uploads the scored study to the same cloud folder. For most customers, the scoring clinician will over score the AI Scored study in a fraction of the time it would take to score from scratch. 

How fast can AI score an HSAT?

As with PSG tests, EnsoSleep will detect, download, AI score and mark-up, then upload all HSATs within a few minutes of the test results being added to the designated location and ready for review before the day scorer arrives for their shit. For all tests, the connection levels on the user end impact speeds, but EnsoSleep can provide a scored HSAT within 15 minutes, including upload, scoring, and download times. Click on the image below to read a case study of how this was implemented at a 4-location sleep clinic. 

For Synaptrx Sleep, the swift turnaround times provided by EnsoSleep’s AI scoring significantly improved the patient turnaround times, from weeks to just minutes.

What’s the difference between autoscoring technologies and AI scoring technology? 

AI scoring technology is not like the old autoscoring, which was based on algorithms written by programmers to follow “if-this-then-that” rules on an event by event basis. With EnsoSleep AI scoring, we’re leveraging machine learning and deep learning in our algorithms. We’ve trained our system on hundreds of thousands of studies that were scored by RPSGTs and interpreted by board certified physicians. As a result, the AI scoring is a much more sophisticated, consistent, and adaptable solution than the other autoscoring solutions. 

How does AI sleep scoring compare to outsourcing sleep study scoring?

Sleep scoring solutions powered by AI drive better turnaround times for understaffed sleep centers. In this case study, see how a 4-location sleep practice reduced patient times from weeks to same-day results: “Leveraging Cutting Edge Sleep scoring AI Saves iSleep Time.”

Can AI provide sleep staging? 

Yes, our EnsoSleep AI does provide sleep stage scoring. 

How can AI help the field of Sleep Medicine? 

In a world in which 80% of sleep apnea patients have yet to find out if they are suffering from the condition the field of healthcare must choose to adopt necessary technology to speed up the process. EnsoSleep is a sleep scoring software designed to fill that immense need. 

What is the sleep apnea scoring criteria for the AI?

Our AI scoring helps identify many sleep issues, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), periodic limb movements (PLMS) and other sleep disorders that are identified during a PSG or HSAT. Our AI reduces manual sleep analysis time allowing technologists to focus on the parts of the study that can lead to important diagnosis, such as heart arrhythmias or abnormal EEG.

Is the AI scoring FDA cleared? 

The FDA cleared EnsoSleep in 2017. This early clearance was also one of the earliest AI-based devices in medicine, earning accolades in the Benjamens, et. al. study: “The state of artificial intelligence-based FDA-approved medical devices and algorithms: an online database.”

Who does EnsoData partner with in the sleep industry? 

EnsoData is working with medical device, wearable, and EMR companies to further streamline integration and adoption of sleep scoring AI amongst the sleep community. For specific partnership queries, send us a message via our contact page. 

What are the key benefits of AI-enabled scoring?  

The benefits of EnsoSleep’s AI scoring varies from customer to customer and include:

  • Improved scoring consistency
  • Decreased time spent scoring
  • Increased sales revenue
  • Standardized scoring across locations
  • Reduced expenses
  • Test volume growth
  • Reduced scoring backlogs
  • Enhanced Patient Experience

What do your customers think of your AI scoring? 

We love our customers and our customers love working with EnsoData! We have a 97% customer retention rate and we’ve scaled to work with more than 400 clinics in the past 2 years. 

What is the cost of your AI scoring? 

Great question! We bill via a monthly subscription package, designed to create economies of scale and improve your margins. Depending on your sleep center’s size and volume, we are happy to work on a package that fits your needs. If you’d like to know more about our tiered pricing options, please request a demo with one of our team’s account executives. 

Do you have a sleep scoring manual?

Yes, we have a user manual to help our users navigate our software, but we pride ourselves on fitting seamlessly into your workflow. 

Do you have a 2-minute video that demonstrates how EnsoSleep fits into a sleep center workflow?

Yes. EnsoSleep is interoperable with the leading medical software and devices. Watch our video to see how our AI scoring technology seamlessly fits into your current sleep center workflow.  

Do you have additional questions?

Do you have additional questions? We’d love to talk to you! Please contact us directly at team@ensodata.com or simply fill out our form.

If you’d also like a demo of EnsoSleep, check the “I’d like a Demo” box on our form fill. A team member will reach out to schedule a 30-minute online consultative meeting and demo at your convenience. During the meeting, we’ll discuss the unique needs of your clinic and demonstrate how EnsoSleep’s AI scoring fits into your current workflow.

Where else can I learn more about EnsoSleep AI Scoring?

The following resources are helpful for learning more about EnsoData, and our AI scoring solution, EnsoSleep: 

  • Read our EnsoSleep White Paper which provides an overview of our waveform AI scoring solution for sleep clinics. 
  • Peruse our educational sleep webinars. We have a variety of topics designed to provide relevant content to the sleep medicine community. 
  • AI-enabled software has transformed a number of sleep clinics. Download our EnsoSleep case studies to read each story.
  • Want to see our published scientific papers in sleep research? Check out our publications page for articles dating back to our inception in 2015. 

We hope this helps you understand artificial intelligence sleep scoring a bit more, but if we didn’t answer your question, please, let us know what it is in the form above. Thank you.