Editor’s Note: In January, the AASM renamed the platform SleepTM.

Sleep medicine practices nationwide now can sign up for Tell A Sleep Doc, a state-of-the-art telemedicine platform that will increase patient access to high quality healthcare provided by board-certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited sleep centers, announced the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) today. Sleep practices that sign up for Tell A Sleep Doc in December will have time to become familiar with all of the system’s features prior to its public launch on Jan 4, 2016.

Custom-built by the AASM, Tell A Sleep Doc provides a comprehensive telemedicine solution for the field of sleep medicine. A core component of the system 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. Tell A Sleep Doc also features an interactive sleep diary, sleep log and sleep questionnaires, and the system syncs with Fitbit sleep data.

“As the first telemedicine system designed by a professional society for the specific needs of a medical subspecialty, Tell A Sleep Doc is a game-changer for people who are suffering from a sleep disease,” says AASM president Nathaniel Watson, MD, MSc, in a release. “Throughout the country, including underserved urban communities and remote rural areas, patients will gain convenient access to the expertise of sleep specialists through Tell A Sleep Doc.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has been the leader in sleep medicine for the past 40 years, and we remain committed to our vision of achieving optimal health through better sleep. The introduction of Tell A Sleep Doc represents the dawn of a new era in sleep medicine. This innovative telemedicine system will significantly enhance the ability of sleep specialists to provide value-based, patient-centered care to people across the US.”