We’ve talked at length on this blog about the extensive list of devices LabRetriever sleep lab management software is compatible with. Of course, we also go on and on about how we are going to continue adding to that matrix during 2015. As a matter of fact, our team is already hard at work on an exciting, new vendor integration, but we’ll keep that one under wraps for a little bit longer. You’ll have to follow this blog and our website in the coming months to find out what the buzz is all about!
That being said, we have recognized the increased need for home sleep testing over the last couple of years and made advances to ensure our product is compatible with several HST devices. LabRetriever provides labs the ability to handle this workload in an efficient and organized way, but we recognize there is more to incorporating these tests into their business plans.
“ResMed noted that it has conducted research that has shown that sleep labs offering HST in addition to PSG do more in-lab business than labs that do not offer HST. So, taking extra care in choosing an HST device that efficiently and effectively diagnoses a patient’s sleep apnea could be one of the best investments a sleep lab can make.”
Once a lab has decided on a budget are ready to move forward with home sleep testing, they have to first make a decision on which device best suits their needs. It isn’t an easy task and can be costly, so careful evaluation and consideration needs to be made before a choice is determined. In an excellent best practices article from Sleep Review that discusses the “9 Attributes to Consider When Picking HST Devices“, well-known senior product specialists from Cadwell, CleveMed, Philips Respironics, ResMed and SleepMed provide insight on device choices. The nine attributes are:
Type of device
Data capabilities and security
Reputable company backing
Flexible ownership options
Flexible IT solutions to minimize software requirements
Sensor set for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) identification
Body position sensor
After the purchase of equipment, managing the workflow successfully becomes essential. Systems need to be put into place that include not only a process for setup and education with the patient, but also scheduling, shipping, tracking, scoring, interpretation and follow-up. That’s where a cloud-based sleep lab software solution like LabRetriever can really make a difference, minimizing costs while maximizing efficiency.
Take some time to read the article and contact us for more information about our software features or to talk about how we can help your business manage home sleep testing.