This article is part three in a four-part series on the ever-changing face of sleep technology. In this article, we’ll address the following questions: What does the future of sleep medicine look like? How will evolving technology change the way sleep studies are done? And, just as importantly, how will economic pressures affect sleep medicine?
The Sleep Lab of the Future
The financial viability of future sleep centers needs to be taken into account. As more home studies are done, more sleep center beds will be empty. What will this do to the sleep center itself? Will some centers be forced to close? And, if they do, where will those patients go? Also, what will happen to the building itself? This change could initially lead to a number of bankruptcies and layoffs, which alone could have a negative impact on the economy.
And although there will continue to be a need for in-lab studies (at least in the foreseeable future), the main revenue might be coming from home sleep apnea tests (HSATs). As the volume of HSATs increase, the volume of in lab studies will naturally decrease. This will ultimately lead to a reduction in sleep technologists, with a reassignment of others to different tasks (more on this in my next article).
This might ultimately lead to more sleep labs set up in hotel rooms with short-term leases, or maybe even clinics that double as sleep labs overnight. Whatever the outcome, sleep centers and technologists need to stay ahead of the game as the move is made toward more HSATs.
In the rest of this article from the Q3 2018 issue of A2Zzz, Kent Caylor talks telemedicine, smart homes, the Internet of Things, nanomedicine and more.
This article is one of four designated CEC articles in this issue of A2Zzz. AAST members who read A2Zzz and claim their credits online by the deadline can earn 2.00 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per issue – for up to 8.00 AAST CECs per year. AAST CECs are accepted by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM).
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