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By: Joseph W. Anderson, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, RPFT, CRT-NPS on May 30th, 2019

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Emerging Technology History in Sleep: The Evolution, Part II

Sleep Technology Trends | sleep technologist

In Part I of this article from the Q2 issue of 2018, I discussed the emerging and growing technology of the sleep medicine community. I also talked about the mantra of that time as “entering the field on the cutting edge of technology that would revolutionize the field of sleep medicine.” Just a few decades ago, there were no state licensure laws or any “real” credentialing requirements. And, of course, no HIPAA laws, either.

Today, HIPAA impacts everything we do in the modern sleep lab. And in a growing number of states and countries, you now need a license, in addition to your credentials, to practice sleep. We are also seeing the emergence of multiple credentials being preferred in our labs, especially on day shifts. The need for multiple credentials has meant additional education. We are expected to be more educated ourselves, and we are expected to have the knowledge and skill sets to educate our patients. This means that in order to advance in our field and best serve our patients’ needs, we are more clinically focused than ever before.

It is becoming more and more common to see the RPSGT credential paired with the CCSH (Certification in Clinical Sleep Health), RRT, CRT, RRT/CRT-SDS, LPN/RN, RPFT or REEGT credentials. In fact, we are also seeing some providers such as nurse practitioners (NP) and physicians obtain the RPSGT credential to further enhance their expertise in sleep medicine. In 2018, we saw AAST introduce the first “Fellows” recognition for some of the industries more prominent sleep allied health professionals. We are also seeing more RPSGTs obtaining a college degree to pair with their credential.

In the rest of this article from the Q1 2019 issue of A2Zzz,  Joseph W. Anderson, CCSH, RPSGT, RPFT, CRT-NPS, looks into the sleep medicine crystal ball and see what the role of tomorrow’s sleep tech might be, both in the clinical and education realms.

A2Zzz_Q12019_Cover ImageThis 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).

To earn AAST CECs, carefully read the four designated CEC articles and claim your credits online. You must go online to claim your credits by the deadline of Aug. 21, 2019.

After the successful completion of this educational activity, your certificates will be available in the My CEC Portal acknowledging the credits earned.

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