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By: AAST Editor on September 17th, 2017

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Digital Apps and Sleep Technologists

Sleep Technology Trends | Sleep Medicine | Sleep Technologist Advice | apps

What is the role of digital apps in monitoring positive airway pressure adherence? Find out in Louisville, Ky., October 13-14, as the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) and KYSS (Kentucky Sleep Society) present the Fall Course: Current Technology Trends in Sleep Medicine.

Over the course of the coming weeks we will be speaking one-on-one with some of the speakers on the agenda.

Last week we spoke with Joseph Anderson, Supervisor, RPSGT, RST, RPFT, CRT-NPS, RCP, Certified Sleep Educator and Tele-Sleep Coordinator for Integrated Sleep Disorders Center at McGuire VA Medical Center (RICVAMC), on the topic of using digital technology to monitor adherence.

This week it is Emerson Kerr, RRT, RPSGT, with Philips. His session, titled, ‘Integrating Digital Apps to Monitor Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Adherence’ will take place on day one of the event.

AAST: Briefly describe the importance of this topic to professionals in sleep technology.

Kerr: Sleep Medicine is changing. The responsibility for adherence is no longer just the concern of the DME, but of everyone. With less reimbursement and fewer resources, the need to participate in the management of the patients’ adherence to therapy is daunting.  

Digital apps provide a cost effective tool to educate, coach and motivate the patient toward achieving and maintaining adherence to PAP therapy, thereby serving as an extension of clinical sleep education efforts.

AAST: What is the one key takeaway that attendees can expect from your session?

Kerr: I think one of the key takeaways is that digital apps can be a useful tool for clinical sleep educators and their patients.  

AAST: Please provide a few thoughts on the role of continuing education programs like this for helping professionals in this space continually refine and enhance their knowledge and skillset.

Kerr: Continuing educational seminars are vital to the health and well-being of Sleep Technology.  We aren’t islands, but an interdependent community of professionals.  It is so easy to gain all of our education through online sources, however there is nothing that can replace interaction with our peers.  Collaboration on ideas and challenges helps all of us in seeking impactful and innovative solutions for our patients with sleep and waking disorders.

Make sure to check out the full agenda of topics and speakers here and be sure to register today!

Next week we speak with Rich Rosenberg. PhD, on the Science and Art of Pap Titration.