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News Article | April 29, 2017
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Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health technology, is pleased to announce the integration of Microsoft(R) Word(TM) Online(TM), which enables sleep physicians to create and edit their interpretation reports. This solution greatly improves the user experience, since it streamlines the reporting process and provides a familiar interface that does not require additional training to use. It also allows physicians to simultaneously view multiple reports side-by-side to compare test results and to provide their patients with more efficient care. The working report files are stored as Microsoft(R) Word(TM) documents in the Physician Study Manager (PSM) module of the Somnoware platform. The report templates are fully customizable and, if desired, an in-house template can be replicated for use with this solution. Since the report templates contain native Microsoft Word capabilities, physicians can easily change the report’s text font size and type, highlight important data, run spelling and grammar checks, paste or insert images, and use keyboard shortcuts; the report header and footer are also fully editable. Data-mapping automatically links study data point fields to the corresponding ones in each report whenever a study is uploaded, so data does not need to be manually entered for each report. Data is auto-populated when data points are selected and inserted into each report. Physicians have the option to design and select their data point preferences, which saves them additional time. Whenever physicians break from editing their report, they can return to the same file version and start from where they left off, since the file is automatically saved. By clicking on the “Sign” button, the physician’s electronic signature is added to the report. When they click on the “Finalize” button, the file is saved and the report automatically becomes a PDF file and part of the patient chart, which ensures data integrity. Since the Somnoware platform uses HL7 integration, it provides real-time data migration to the facility’s electronic medical records (EMR) system. The account admin manages the security levels and provisioning, granting access only to devices that meet security standards and applying access controls on mobile devices. Reporting enables audit trails and allows admins to view how the interp report content is being used. “We are constantly working to make Somnoware more intuitive to physicians. To do this, we research how physicians and their staff use our platform—it’s a continuous approach,” says Subath Kamalasan, CEO of Somnoware. “Our new interp report feature is a unique experience that Somnoware has developed based upon feedback from our users.” As the industry’s leading sleep health management platform, Somnoware is currently used by one in five sleep physicians in the United States. It is available in two versions—Somnoware for Physicians and Somnoware for Sleep Centers. Physicians receive instant access to sleep test data, e-signature capability, one-click DME ordering, CPAP compliance data, and the ability to conduct end-to-end patient care management. Sleep centers can automate their complete workflow including scheduling at multiple centers, inventory management, automated reporting, therapy ordering, and AASM accreditation. To learn more about Somnoware, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)Somnoware(dot)com.   About Somnoware Somnoware is transforming sleep healthcare management by accelerating diagnostics and increasing therapy adherence. It automates sleep testing processes, provides actionable data and predictive insights to physicians, and drives patient engagement. The company's customer base includes leading health systems, independent sleep centers, and sleep services companies. Somnoware is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, please visit http://www.somnoware.com or follow us on twitter @somnoware. Disclaimer: Microsoft Word and Microsoft Word Online are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names are trademarks (TM) or registered trademarks (R) of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.


May J.F.,Old Dominion University | May J.F.,Sleep Centers | May J.F.,Sentara Norfolk General Hospital | Porter B.E.,Old Dominion University | Ware J.C.,Eastern Virginia Medical School
Accident Analysis and Prevention | Year: 2016

Sleep apnea increases risk of driving crashes when left untreated. This study examined the driving performance decrements of untreated, undiagnosed sleep apnea drivers compared with healthy controls in a monotonous highway driving simulator task. It was hypothesized that the sleep apnea group would perform worse during a driving simulator test compared with the control group. A significant group by time interaction occurred indicating that sleep apnea participants' performance degraded more quickly over the course of the drive. In contrast with previous studies, this sleep apnea group did not include sleep disorder center patients, but rather community volunteers whose screening indicated a significant apnea/hypopnea index of 15 or greater. There may be inherent differences between patients and nonpatients with sleep apnea, as patients may have a more significant impact on their quality of life, causing them to seek treatment. Still, the results are clear that although the sleep apnea group drove similarly to the control group at the start of the drive, they are sensitive to time on task effects. These results support the need to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health technology, announces key expansion of its executive leadership team. Specifically, Somnoware has hired Dr. Raj Misra as Chief Data Scientist and Vice President of Marketing, and Eugene Lee as Chief Financial Officer. Raj is a visionary business leader and data scientist who has been hired to spearhead the development of a strong Somnoware brand, rapid market expansion, and development of its machine learning capability. Eugene is an accounting and finance professional who is expected to provide critical support to Somnoware’s accelerated growth. As the leading sleep health management software provider in the industry, Somnoware is generating strong interest among sleep physicians. The company expects this interest to grow further resulting in strong growth opportunities in the years ahead. As sleep testing labs and healthcare systems continue to allocate higher percentages of their budgets to improve sleep study and patient management, Somnoware is investing in its executive bench. “Our growth as the leader in sleep health management has been explosive over the past year,” says Subath Kamalasan, CEO of Somnoware. “With Raj and Eugene in their new roles, we can further accelerate our demand generation and machine learning efforts, and more efficiently manage our financial operations. This will enable us to sustain and expand our rapid growth.” About Raj Misra Dr. Raj Misra is a leading expert in digital marketing and data science. Over the past 15 years, he has driven important marketing and data science initiatives for some of the world’s leading entities including Microsoft, Pearson, Walmart, T-Mobile, and United Technologies. In addition to degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Indian Institute of Technology, Raj holds a data mining patent and over 20 peer-reviewed articles. As Chief Data Scientist and Vice President of Marketing, Raj is responsible for brand marketing, demand generation, and machine learning at Somnoware. About Eugene Lee Eugene Lee is a metrics-driven and strategic financial expert with more than a decade of experience in financial operations. He has leveraged his analytical skills to manage financial operations and revenue forecasts. He began his career at PwC and has also worked at several other innovative companies including Meraki, CipherMax, and SS8 Networks. Eugene holds bachelors and masters degrees in business from the University of California, Berkeley. As Chief Financial Officer, Eugene is responsible for managing finance and administration for Somnoware. As the industry’s leading sleep health management platform, Somnoware is currently used by one in five sleep physicians in the United States. It is available in two versions—Somnoware for Physicians and Somnoware for Sleep Centers. Physicians get instant access to sleep test data, e-signature capability, one-click DME ordering, CPAP compliance data, and the ability to conduct end-to-end patient care management. Sleep centers can automate their complete workflow including scheduling at multiple centers, inventory management, automated reporting, therapy ordering, and AASM accreditation. To learn more about Somnoware, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)Somnoware(dot)com. About Somnoware Somnoware is transforming sleep health management by accelerating diagnostics and increasing therapy adherence. It automates sleep testing processes, provides actionable data and predictive insights to physicians, and drives patient engagement. The company's customer base includes leading health systems, independent sleep centers, and sleep services companies. Somnoware is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, please visit http://www.somnoware.com or follow us on twitter @somnoware.


News Article | November 17, 2016
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Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health technology, announces the addition of secure cloud-based video storage capability to its sleep health management platform. With the addition of this new capability, sleep wellness centers can now store all of their sleep test data in the cloud – resulting in substantial reductions in IT infrastructure costs. They can also provide sleep physicians with anytime, anywhere access to this data to support accelerated diagnostics and sleep care management. Sleep labs typically record and store clinical sleep study videos for at least 30 days, with each video taking almost a gigabyte of storage space. Maintaining and storing these videos and other study data on local servers represents 15-20% of the total operating cost of a sleep test facility. With the Somnoware sleep health management platform, this cost can be reduced by over 90%. Instead of searching for content across multiple hard drives and backup devices, personnel can quickly search and access files in the cloud from any device. Somnoware also provides automated backups and synchronization resulting in greater peace of mind. The new cloud-based video storage capability makes it easier for sleep centers to obtain American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accreditation. It allows sleep centers to easily meet accreditation requirements for data storage, accessibility, and post-processing in the native test application. Availability of raw video data in the cloud enables physicians to visually verify the validity of the sleep test by checking for fallen off sensors, strange patient movements, and sleep talking during the study “Sleep centers today are under intense cost pressure with falling utilization rates. Using cloud-based storage in Somnoware, sleep centers can drive down costs and drive up profitability,” said Subath Kamalasan, ceo of Somnoware. “This is another evidence of our commitment to bringing down healthcare costs through the use of digital health technology.” As the industry’s leading sleep health management platform, Somnoware is currently used by one in five sleep physicians in the U.S. It is available in two versions –Somnoware for Physicians and Somnoware for Sleep Centers. Somnoware for Physicians offers instant access to sleep test reports in one standard format across all devices. It provides rich contextual data with interpretation report templates, e-signature, and one-click DME ordering. Physicians get up-to-date CPAP compliance data on all patients, diagnostics and titration data, and predictive insights. Pre-diagnostics data with estimated likelihood and severity of sleep apnea is also available. Somnoware for Sleep Centers offers a single screen solution for scheduling, moving patients between AST/ HST, group scheduling for multiple center locations, and therapy ordering. It consists of automated processes for pre-population of EMR data, device inventory management, loss prevention, and barcode-based management. The solution stores study data and complete video recordings, offers flexible reporting templates for intuitive data visualization, web-based report generation, and centralized data view for AASM accreditation. To learn more about our video storage solution or the Somnoware platform, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)somnoware(dot)com. About Somnoware Somnoware is transforming sleep health management by accelerating diagnostics and increasing therapy adherence. It automates sleep testing processes, provides actionable data and predictive insights to physicians, and drives patient engagement. The company's customer base includes leading health systems, independent sleep centers, and sleep services companies. Somnoware is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, please visit http://www.somnoware.com or follow us on twitter @somnoware.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health technology, announces the launch of a new plugin that allows sleep centers to automatically connect and initialize all their devices with one click. This new plugin—called Somnoware Sleep Device Interface (SDI)—is a thin client browser plugin is quickly installed on first use and then monitors device changes automatically. With this new plugin, checking patients in and out is an easy, one-click process. Somnoware SDI greatly improves the deployment process, as well as tracking sleep study patients and testing devices. The sleep technologists can directly initialize a testing device by plugging it into their computer, which also checks out the patient. After the study is complete, Somnoware SDI starts to upload the study to the cloud immediately as the device is connected to the computer without any user interaction. The studies automatically upload to the cloud and the device becomes available for use in the inventory for the next patient. Since data is captured directly from each device, potential typing and device selection/assignment errors are minimized. Whenever a misconfiguration occurs, Somnoware SDI prevents the release of a device. “We are very excited about our new Somnoware SDI plugin. It allows users to quickly initialize devices and download data for physician review. It is very easy to install—taking just a couple of minutes per station to set up,” according to Subath Kamalasan, ceo of Somnoware. As the industry’s leading sleep health management platform, Somnoware is currently used by one in five sleep physicians in the United States. It is available in two versions—Somnoware for Physicians and Somnoware for Sleep Centers. Physicians get instant access to sleep test data, e-signature capability, one-click DME ordering, CPAP compliance data, and the ability to conduct end-to-end patient care management. Sleep centers can automate their complete workflow including scheduling at multiple centers, inventory management, automated reporting, therapy ordering, and AASM accreditation. To learn more about Somnoware, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)Somnoware(dot)com.   About Somnoware Somnoware is transforming sleep health management by accelerating diagnostics and increasing therapy adherence. It automates sleep testing processes, provides actionable data and predictive insights to physicians, and drives patient engagement. The company's customer base includes leading health systems, independent sleep centers, and sleep services companies. Somnoware is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, please visit http://www.somnoware.com or follow us on twitter @somnoware.


News Article | February 17, 2017
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Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health technology, announces the launch of a new care management module that can be used by sleep physicians to track and improve CPAP adherence for their sleep apnea patients. By using machine learning models, this module is able to classify patients that are at risk and those on track for sleep therapy compliance. This new module provides sleep center physicians with an overview of CPAP compliance and comorbidity data for their patient population. Medical directors can view the number of patients that have been set up with CPAP therapy and those that are at risk of non-compliance. They can also view which patients have specific comorbidities to increase their level of care. This allows physicians to track the success of various treatments over any time period. There are four main components in the care management module and they each provide valuable insights into compliance monitoring. Below is a description of each section: CPAP Set Up: This feature provides a timeline overview of all of the patients that have received their CPAP device, mask, and other DME devices from a sleep center. The sleep physician can also see a live or real-time update of the patient set up within their system during their selected time allotment. Based off of this data, the physician can identify gaps between when a patient receives a prescription for CPAP therapy and when they or if they receive their equipment and on-boarding. At-Risk Profile: Of the patients that have been set up by the sleep center, a physician can be informed by the number of patients that are currently at risk of being non-compliant and those that are actively being monitored. The sleep physician will also be able to monitor trends of their patients over time. They will be able to view who should receive a consultation about compliance behavior. Comorbidities: As a physician it is important to direct care to where it is needed most. Through the care management module physicians can visualize which of their patients have key comorbidities associated with sleep apnea, so that they can allocate their care accordingly. Physicians will also be able to utilize a risk system based off of the patient’s comorbidity, as well as gain insight into those patients with multiple comorbidities, such as: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary, coronary artery disease, and diabetes mellitus. Compliance: Lastly, physicians are able to track the efficacy of their interventions by monitoring the compliance of their patient population. To study therapy compliance patterns and trends they can view historical data, as well as the amount of patients that are set up with CPAP therapy in real time. Within the care management module is a panel that displays all of the current patients that are at risk of CPAP therapy non-compliance. Patients are ranked by the severity of sleep apnea. A sleep physician can easily engage with a patient by clicking on their name to send them an email or a text message. When a physician double-clicks on a patient’s name, a screen appears that provides them with detailed testing data, such as CPAP mask usage, leak, and AHI. Device configuration is based upon the physician’s requirements for mask, model, size, and setting. “We are very excited about our new care management module. Our desire behind this development is to create technology that identifies at-risk patients as early as possible,” says Subath Kamalasan, CEO of Somnoware. “Physicians that provide a higher level of intervention improve patient compliance. Our platform arms physicians with critical tools that allow them to effectively monitor and manage CPAP adherence.” As the industry’s leading sleep health management platform, Somnoware is currently used by one in five sleep physicians in the United States. It is available in two versions—Somnoware for Physicians and Somnoware for Sleep Centers. Physicians get instant access to sleep test data, e-signature capability, one-click DME ordering, CPAP compliance data, and the ability to conduct end-to-end patient care management. Sleep centers can automate their complete workflow including scheduling at multiple centers, inventory management, automated reporting, therapy ordering, and AASM accreditation. To learn more about Somnoware, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)Somnoware(dot)com. About Somnoware Somnoware is transforming sleep health management by accelerating diagnostics and increasing therapy adherence. It automates sleep testing processes, provides actionable data and predictive insights to physicians, and drives patient engagement. The company's customer base includes leading health systems, independent sleep centers, and sleep services companies. Somnoware is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, please visit http://www.somnoware.com or follow us on twitter @somnoware.

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