Tech Talk: Using Digital Technology to Monitor Adherence
Are you up-to-date with the latest trends for sleep technology? If not, you should plan to catch up with the AAST in Louisville, Ky., October 13-14, as we present the Fall Course: Current Technology Trends in Sleep Medicine.
Over the course of the coming weeks we will be talking one-on-one with some of the speakers on the agenda. This week, we caught up 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). He will be speaking on the topic, "Using Digital Technology to Monitor Adherence"
(In 2003 Joseph designed and had fabricated a time capsule for the 25th Anniversary of the APT/AAST in Chicago)
AAST: Can you briefly describe the importance of the topic you are presenting on to the professionals in sleep technology?
Anderson: Sleep medicine is a specialty that has seen tremendous change in the last several decades. Since the late 1990s this includes the growing use of digital technology. The future is going to see digital technology used in not only acquisition, but continued expansion in PAP therapy and compliance, as well as tele-sleep.
AAST: What is the one key takeaway that attendees can expect from your session?
Anderson: The biggest takeaway should be the need for today’s technologist to grow along with the field of sleep medicine. Many of us were resistant over many years to use such technologies as home sleep testing and auto-PAP treatments. However, the technology has improved and the use of digital technology is expanding every day. It should now be embraced and not feared.
AAST: In what ways do continuing education programs like this help professionals in this industry refine and enhance their knowledge and skillset?
Anderson: Continuing education either through national, regional, state, local, or on-line education opportunities are the key to staying informed. Education helps us to provide the latest care, including digital technology, and ensures that the patient is getting the latest available diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. It also means that as technologists we position ourselves for advancement and job security in this ever-changing field of sleep medicine.
Next week we go one-on-one with Emerson Kerr of Philips to uncover the power of digital apps!