AASM SleepTM, a telemedicine platform for board-certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited sleep centers, now has a patient self-pay feature that facilitates convenient, secure payments, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) announced.
“Telemedicine is changing the healthcare landscape by improving patient access to care,” says AASM executive director Jerry Barrett, in a release. “As the first telemedicine platform to be designed, developed, and custom-built by a professional medical society, AASM SleepTM is the standard-bearer for a new era of sleep medicine that will enhance the availability of affordable, convenient, patient-centered care nationwide.”

A core component of AASM SleepTM is a secure, web-based video platform that facilitates live, interactive consultations and follow-up visits between patients and sleep medicine providers, regardless of distance. AASM SleepTM also features an interactive sleep diary, sleep log, and sleep questionnaires, and it can sync with Fitbit sleep data.

“By delivering live, secure video consultations through WebRTC technology, patients can easily speak with qualified sleep clinicians straight from their web browser,” says Steve Van Hout, AASM assistant executive director and chief architect of AASM SleepTM, in a release. “With the additional features contained within the AASM SleepTM platform, sleep medicine practices have all of the tools necessary to begin their own telemedicine program. While AASM SleepTM contains custom-designed features for sleep clinicians, our long-term plans also involve providing the platform to other specialties to increase the patient populations that can be served.”

AASM SleepTM launched in January 2016.