The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has launched a two-year pilot certification program to independently evaluate the real-world performance of autoscoring software using private sleep study data scored by experts in the sleep field. 

A company that achieves certification will be able to demonstrate to accredited sleep facilities that the accuracy of its autoscoring solution is comparable to manual scoring by trained professionals.

“As autoscoring software becomes more complex, it is essential that accredited sleep facilities have confidence in the accuracy of the autoscored results before incorporating these tools into clinical practice,” says Jennifer Martin, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of the AASM, in a press release. “Accurate sleep stage scoring is essential for the diagnosis of many sleep disorders, and AASM Autoscoring Certification will play an important role in advancing sleep care by objectively assessing the accuracy of available autoscoring tools.”

Autoscoring software has the potential to promote efficiencies in patient care by significantly reducing the time required to score sleep studies, according to a press release by AASM. 

“Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other innovations are poised to have a dramatic impact on the practice of sleep medicine,” says AASM executive director Steve Van Hout in a press release. “AASM Autoscoring Certification is just one example of how the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is committed to ensuring that these technological advances support the provision of high-quality, patient-centered care.”

The AASM will be accepting applications for this pilot program through the end of 2023. To be considered for certification, autoscoring software must have received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration, or the company must be in the submission process. The software also must be able to analyze raw, unscored, full-night polysomnography records.

Companies that achieve certification will receive a certificate and a license to utilize the autoscoring certification mark for promotional purposes. Certified software also will be recognized on the AASM website.

For more information about the certification standards, or to request an eligibility checklist, companies can contact the AASM at [email protected].

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