This is the fourth article in a series on the changing face of sleep technology. The past three articles focused on technology and the economy. This article focuses on how all these changes could directly impact the future sleep technologist.
Technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and with home sleep apnea tests on the rise, the role of the sleep technologist will continue to evolve. I use the word “evolve” because I don’t think this position will be phased out any time soon. In fact, I see just the opposite happening.
But, won’t home sleep apnea tests (HSATs) and auto-titrations ultimately eliminate the acquisition technologist? And what about the regulatory and economic pressures that are changing the way sleep-disordered patients are being diagnosed and treated? These are excellent questions; those issues could definitely cause the financial viability of future sleep centers to become an issue. So, yes, this would lead to a reduction in the in lab technologist workforce.
However, the end is nowhere in sight. In fact, the technologist of the future will be taking on an even greater role in the sleep field. This is because technology is creating other positions within sleep medicine — positions just waiting for a versatile sleep technologist to fill. Thus, our scope of practice could actually be more extensive than it is today.
In the rest of this article from the Q4 2018 issue of A2Zzz, Kent Caylor takes a look at just how that might work.
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