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Achieve Faster AASM Accreditation


Our cloud-based platform bridges data silos and builds one secure clinical sleep database. This enables faster AASM accreditation, saving money and time.
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AASM accreditation for sleep medicine facilities is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate sleep medicine services.The AASM standards for accreditation ensure the highest quality of care. By achieving accreditation, a sleep medicine facility, independent sleep practice, or DME provider demonstrates a commitment to providing quality diagnostic services.

Our cloud-based platform bridges data silos and connects, organizes, and analyzes clinical sleep database into one secure database. By using our platform, health systems and independent sleep centers can receive AASM accreditation faster, saving them money and time. Learn how Somnoware helps our sleep physicians and sleep center staff meet each standard by reviewing the following checklist: 

AASM Accreditation Standards

How Somnoware Helps

HIPAA Rules & Regulations (A-4): Protecting PHI must be the responsibility of all personnel employed by the center and all employees must attest to their awareness that federal and state privacy laws, along with any additional privacy rules, protect PHI.

When using our platform, all patient data is fully encrypted by AES-256.

 

Addressing Problems During HSAT (B-12): All patient and technical problems encountered during testing hours must be documented in a secure log. Quarterly audits must be conducted of these logs to identify trends related to device, sensor, or service issues.

Somnoware provides study logs and device history as part of the inventory module. All patient and technical problems encountered during testing hours are documented in a secure log.

Required Protocols: PSG, HSAT, MSLT, MWT, & PAP Titration (E-2) & Other Protocols (E-3): Centers must maintain written protocols in paper or electronic form for the following tests: comprehensive PSG, MSLT, MWT, titration of PAP therapy, and HSAT.

In the future, our platform will allow sleep centers to upload their clinical protocols.

Equipment Maintenance (E-5): Reported or detected failures of devices, sensors, or processes must be categorized and analyzed for cause and a plan for preventing future failures must be documented.

The Somnoware inventory module tracks device history to manage equipment usage. 


 

HSAT Reports & Recommendations (F-3): Reports of HSAT must include all the “recommended” and/or “acceptable” parameters from the AASM Scoring Manual.

Physicians can customize their reports and include the required clinical parameters when using Somnoware. Our platform provides full access to raw data in a cloud environment without having the native application installed.

Patient Management (G-1) & Records (H-1): All centers must maintain appropriate medical records for every patient evaluated and/or tested in the facility. All interactions with the patient, referring provider or provider’s representative, and insurance company must be documented. Medical records must include the referral letter/prescription for testing.

Our platform provides full-featured patient charts with support for insurance, demographic information, prescription data, diagnostics codes for billing, questionnaires, and medical history.

 

Database Storage (H-1): The sleep center must store the raw data from all sleep tests for a minimum of 5 years or as required by law if longer.

For all patients, Somnoware stores all data for a minimum of 7 years and for pediatric patients we store their data until they are 18 years of age plus an additional 7 years.

PAP Assessment (H-2): Documentation of reviewing device downloads, confirming response to therapy, and adequate adherence as defined by the AASM; and documentation of subjective response to therapy, such as a questionnaire or patient report during in-person encounters.

Somnoware provides a compliance platform to monitor patient adherence.

Database/Storage (H-3): The facility maintains a cumulative database or spreadsheet of all patients’ sleep diagnoses, using current code numbers from the current edition of the International Classification of Sleep Disorders.

Our platform maintains patient records and encounters, sleep study logs, and diagnoses codes, which are available to be generated in a report on demand by lab managers.

 


About Somnoware

Somnoware is transforming respiratory healthcare by reducing cost and improving care management. Our cloud-based software enables care providers to estimate population risk, automate diagnosis workflow, better manage chronic care, and optimize patient outcomes. We provide unique insights by driving interoperability and applying patented artificial intelligence algorithms to patient data integrated from hundreds of sources. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, our customer base includes leading healthcare systems, accountable care organizations, independent test labs, and service companies. For more information, please visit www.somnoware.com or follow us on twitter @somnoware.

The company offers the industry’s leading respiratory healthcare management platform that integrates with over 150 software systems and devices. The platform is currently used by one in five pulmonologists in the United States. Physicians get instant access to diagnostic test data, e-signature capability, one-click DME ordering, PAP compliance data, and the ability to conduct end-to-end patient care management. Diagnostic test centers can automate their complete workflow including scheduling at multiple centers, inventory management, automated reporting, therapy ordering, and accreditation. Using Somnoware, customers are able to reduce time to diagnosis by up to 80% resulting in significant reduction in cost of care and increased provider capacity.

To learn more about Somnoware, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)somnoware(dot)com.




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