My name is Uthara Keerthi, and I’m a Data Scientist at Somnoware. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is one of the most commonly used methods to reduce the severity of sleep apnea. Despite its serious consequences on health, many patients fail to adhere to CPAP therapy on a regular basis. Several studies have been conducted to determine the important drivers for short-term and long-term therapy compliance.
Spotlight: Predicting Daily CPAP Compliance
[fa icon="calendar"] Aug 4, 2017 12:46:04 PM
SDB Testing for Hospitalized Cardiac Patients
[fa icon="calendar"] Aug 1, 2017 1:29:22 PM
Positive airway pressure (PAP) has shown to improve heart failure and prevent the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in cardiac patients with sleep disordered breathing (SDB). 50-80% of all patients with heart failure have SDB.1 There is also a high prevalence of SDB in hospitalized patients that have one or more the following conditions: congestive heart failure, type-2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and obesity hypoventilation syndrome.
Somnoware Cloud-Based Scoring Solution (PR)
[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 27, 2017 4:23:39 PM
Santa Clara, CA – July 27, 2017: Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health technology, announces a secure cloud-based polysomnography (PSG) distributed scoring solution. This solution provides physicians with remote scoring capability to support accelerated diagnostics and sleep care management. The speed and functionality of scoring in the cloud is on par with doing it on a native desktop, and faster than using a virtual private network (VPN).
Decreasing Readmissions with Data Analytics
[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 25, 2017 2:49:14 PM
Preventable hospital readmissions are estimated to add $25B¹ to the cost of US healthcare each year and 40-60%² of them can be avoided. Most readmissions are due to a lack of coordinated follow-up care after a patient is discharged from the hospital. Many physicians are often unaware of their patients being discharged or even hospitalized. This is especially true for patients that have multiple chronic conditions, since they see several providers for their care.
Spotlight: Discover the Beginning of Somnoware
[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 19, 2017 4:46:35 PM
Mathew Mammen, VP of Product Engineering, explains why the Somnoware platform was created in this video. Click the red button to view the video on our YouTube channel. "I’m the Head of Product and Technology for Somnoware. I’ve been in the software and sleep medicine field for the last 15 years. In 2012, I got into sleep medicine on accident. What I saw in sleep medicine is that the care is highly fragmented, the physicians don’t have all the data they need to take care of their patients.
Improving Patient Flow Increases Revenue
[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 12, 2017 2:11:03 PM
Developing effective patient flow is central to increasing revenue, improving efficiency, and providing a positive patient experience at healthcare practices. Patients that feel respected and cared for are treated at practices that manage undue waiting time by making destinations apparent and transitions comfortable. By reducing wait times, creating clear directions, and making sure patients transition comfortably, they can handle a higher volume of patients.
The Evolving Federal Anti-Kickback Statute
[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 6, 2017 4:36:00 PM
In 1965, Congress established the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs. However, certain unethical provider practices began to develop: physicians began profiting from the federal government by making unnecessary patient referrals to specific facilities for medical services. Other problematic arrangements involved using percentage lease agreements and payment of test interpretation fees to physicians who referred testing without performing the interpretation themselves.
Protecting Patients from Medical Identity Theft
[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 30, 2017 4:26:25 PM
An estimated 1 in 3 medical health records were compromised in 2016.1 Patient data from these records is used by hackers to obtain pharmaceuticals, commit insurance fraud, and to receive medical care via Medicaid and Medicare. The impact of identity theft in costs the US healthcare sector $30B2 each year. Patients are impacted by fraud as well and pay an average of $13K to resolve these issues.1
Spotlight: Predictive Analytics with Somnoware
[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 28, 2017 2:53:47 PM
Dr. Raj Misra, Chief Data Scientist, discusses predictive analytics for Somnoware in this video. Click the red button to view the video on our YouTube channel. In the healthcare industry, we are sitting on a goldmine of data, ever since the early 2000s when electronic health records (EHR) became mandatory and we started collecting a lot of data on every patient. The unfortunate reality is that nobody is really doing much with that data.
Improving Physician-Patient Relationships
[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 15, 2017 12:11:09 PM
Based upon a recent Cleveland Clinic survey1 sent to 1,019 adult patients—roughly 50% of them want to improve their relationship with their primary care physician (PCP). 85% of them said that their physician often frustrates them and nearly 50% said that they usually have a long wait time before seeing their physician.