Discover faster turnaround times, standardized scoring results, and a simplified reporting process for sleep results
The third installment of the 4-part series on how EnsoSleep supports the different roles in the sleep center, analyzes just a few of the many ways EnsoSleep impacts physicians in systems that use AI scoring. In this post, learn how EnsoSleep expedites turnaround times for patients, reduces the variability between scorers, increases confidence in home testing results for sleep physicians, and allows physicians to view, edit and generate reports for all studies in one platform.
Expedite Turnaround Times for Patients in the Sleep Scoring Pipeline
Among the most valuable benefits of EnsoSleep AI Scoring is the turnaround time for patients taking home sleep apnea tests (HSATs). With most HSAT devices, patients will either pick the device up from the clinic or have it drop-shipped to their home. Patients then record their night of sleep and return the device to the clinic.
Patient HSAT data is then reviewed by an RPSGT. While this review process can be completed within just 24 hours, turnaround times can be weeks to months in some sleep centers. For clinics with a “scoring backlog” – a growing pile of studies that have been completed but haven’t been analyzed by an RPSGT – EnsoSleep can ease the scoring burden.
Providing RPSGTs an EnsoSleep scored HSAT to review and then edit, allows physicians to receive a scored study in less than half the time, (the average customer saves 62% per PSG and 68% per HSAT). This results in technologists getting through more sleep studies, eliminating scoring backlogs, and drastically reducing the time it takes for patients to learn the results of their sleep study and continue on on their care pathway.
In one customer example, a physician wanted to cut down patient visits, essentially combining the “drop-off” and the “results” appointments into one meeting. The challenge? Scoring the sleep study in a reasonable amount of time while a patient waits in the clinic. By leveraging EnsoSleep, patients drop off the HSAT device, then wait to be checked in by administrative staff. Within 15-30 minutes, patients review their HSAT results directly with the physician, who is able to prescribe the optimal treatment results the same day.
To learn more about how EnsoSleep helped this location, read the case study. However, beyond simply speeding up the HSAT process, EnsoSleep also improves confidence in HSAT results.
Standardized Results and Total Sleep Time for HSATs Provide Confidence
Confidence, like trust, needs to be earned. When a physician works with a specific RPSGT for a long period of time, they build a rapport. Unconsciously, they may know of specific things to look out for and ways to score that mirror a physician’s preferences. Working with EnsoSleep is similar.
As physicians use EnsoSleep, trust in the sleep study scoring improves over time just as it would with a technologist. During the EnsoSleep implementation, EnsoData’s customer success (CS) team works with customers to toggle settings, so the AI scoring is tuned in to their standards and preferences.
And that is not just a one time experience. The EnsoData RPSGT ride-alongs and the BFF program are two ways the CS team proactively works with and receives ongoing feedback from customers on the AI scoring, allowing them to tweak their preferences where requested.
Total Sleep Time Also Boosts Confidence
Beyond the scoring consistency that EnsoSleep provides, adding EnsoSleep’s Total Sleep Time (TST) gives physicians even more confidence in HSAT results.
The TST algorithm uses the signals already collected in HSAT devices to generate sleep time, which in turn, leads to a more accurate calculation of the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI).
By adding an accurate measurement of TST to HSATs, clinicians have more confidence in the clinical value of the results that they present to patients.
Personalized Clinician Study Management
EnsoSleep provides a complete study management solution that allows physicians to review, edit, and generate reports for all PSG and HSAT devices in one easy to use cloud-based platform. With simplified remote access to all sleep studies regardless of type, manufacturer, or location, physicians can review studies, wherever they are, without the need for a remote VPN.
Automated email reminders to physicians include direct links to studies for review, and physician changes to the studies are dynamic, pulling into reports in real-time. This seamless workflow increases efficiency, and improves the turnaround time for patients to receive test results and treatment.
For physicians who occasionally score studies, EnsoSleep provides the same starting point as RPSGTs, cutting down on turnaround times in order to expedite feedback to patients. This allows for more time to follow-up on treatment within the patient population, rather than allocating that time to scoring.
Read the Seven Benefits EnsoSleep Provides Physicians to learn more about how AI scoring supports sleep physicians.
Read how EnsoSleep positively impacts other roles in the sleep lab:
- EnsoSleep Assists Sleep Technologists
- EnsoSleep AI Scoring Eases Physician Concerns
- EnsoSleep AI Scoring Ramps Up Sleep Center Operations
OR set up an EnsoSleep Demo with our team to ask any specific questions today!