|[November 15, 2012]
NovaSom Implements AccuSom Deliver Program with Apnea Specialists
GLEN BURNIE, Md. --(Business Wire)--
Inc., the leader in home sleep testing and cost-saving solutions for
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) management, has signed Oklahoma City-based
Apnea Specialists, Inc. as a customer for AccuSom Deliver™.
AccuSom Deliver is a turnkey program for sleep centers offering
Out-of-Center Sleep Testing (OCST) that launched in June 2012.
AccuSom Deliver provides a complete OCST logistics solution while the
participating sleep center maintains complete clinical control of their
patients. The order portal is seamlessly integrated with the AccuSom®
testing device, the first and only wireless out-of-center sleep study
device cleared by the FDA. Leveraging NovaSom's mHealth partnership with
Verizon (News - Alert), data recorded by the device in the patient's home is wirelessly
transmitted to the sleep center portal for timely diagnosis.
Apnea Specialists, Inc. (APSP) is a privately held sleep management
company that helps physicians develop additional sources of income by
establishing their own sleep centers. The firm designs the labs and has
developed a network that links participating sleep centers together for
centralized scheduling, billing, scoring and diagnostics. The purpose of
the APSP network is to create a turnkey system that enables the sleep
centers to be placed anywhere in the country and still be successful.
APSP today has eighteen sleep centers in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and
Colorado with expansion plans into Utah, Nebraska and Nevada.
Ernest Diaz, CEO of APSP, said, "We could have purchased home sleep
testing devices, but our detailed analysis showed that the logistical
burden associated with such a purchase, not to mention the cost of the
devices themselves, would be onerous. And equally important to us is
speed- the AccuSom device sends its data wirelessly the moment the test
is complete, which means far less elapsed time-to-therapy for positive
patients which complements our model."
Leveraging more than ten years' experience with turnkey OCST, the
AccuSom Deliver program allows sleep centers to enjoy the scale and
operating efficiency of the NovaSom platform. Once a sleep specialist
prescribes an OCST through the cloud-based portal, NovaSom ships the
device directly to the patient's home. NovaSom's Clinical Team provides
proactive, 24/7 clinical support to patients throughout the testing
Richard Hassett, MD, CEO, NovaSom, said, "APSP has a very compelling
model. There are far more doctors in America, primary care and
specialists, who have the desire and ability to offer sleep testing
services than have the time to build and manage the operation. APSP
brings a proven approach to establishing, operating and marketing a
hospital-based or freestanding sleep center that straddles in-lab and
home testing, to maximize the market opportunity in a given geographic
APSP offers its participating sleep centers Marketing and Development
among other services, including referrals management, physician
recruitment, multi-media marketing/advertising materials, and marketing
campaigns that drive awareness and clinically appropriate referrals from
NovaSom's sleep testing technology directly measures the parameters
recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to diagnose OSA,
and has been proven clinically equivalent to traditional polysomnography
in two peer-reviewed publications. For more information about NovaSom's
OCST technology and the AccuSom Deliver program, please visit www.NovaSom.com.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects 40 million Americans, of which 18
million have moderate to severe disease. Of these, a startling 85% of
sufferers are undiagnosed and therefore untreated, generating
significant medical expense for patients and the healthcare system.
Nearly half of all OSA patients also suffer from one or more serious
health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or heart failure that
are either aggravated or caused by OSA. Treating OSA reduces medical
expenses, improves patient quality of life and lowers associated health
About NovaSom, Inc.
NovaSom, Inc. is the market leader in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) home
testing, with the AccuSom® Home Sleep Test, the first and
only FDA-cleared wireless HST. The NovaSom home sleep testing
technology and MediTrack® portal have been shown to provide
in-home, clinically equivalent diagnosis of OSA at a significantly
reduced cost as compared to in-facility testing for uncomplicated, adult
OSA. NovaSom's home sleep tests are currently covered for more than 165
million U.S. lives, through partnerships with major health insurers.
NovaSom also offers comprehensive service programs that are utilized by
payers, employers, primary care and sleep specialist physicians
nationwide, that enable significant cost savings for OSA management. In
an effort to combat the growing OSA epidemic, NovaSom also partners with
sleep centers, enabling sleep specialists to offer clinically
appropriate patients an alternative, convenient testing option,
expanding access to diagnosis and treatment.
NovaSom is accredited by the Joint Commission as an Ambulatory Care
Sleep Diagnostic Center & Telehealth Provider and is classified by CMS
as an Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility. For more information,
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