Magdy Younes questions the use of manual scoring as a gold standard against automatic systems and explores the advantages of digital scoring, reports BioMed Central.

The sleep study generates huge amounts of data that must be distilled into a manageable summary. This task, called scoring, is performed manually by highly trained technologists who review the data in 30-second epochs (800-1000 epochs per study), a task that typically takes 1-3 hours depending on the complexity of the record.