We at Sleep Cure Solutions get frequent calls from patient’s who have been advised Sleep Study by their GP/Doctor. The most common question asked is “How much will the Sleep Study cost ?This is part of an exercise they embark upon trying to check and compare the cost with various service providers .The answer to this question is so baffling that it leaves them even more confused. We regularly get patients who are quoted anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 Rupees for a Sleep Study !!!
To get them out of this dilemma and to Empower them I am elaborating on some key points about the Costs of Sleep Studies.
- At present time none of the health insurances in India cover the cost of a sleep study thus it is mostly out of pocket expense.
- There are different levels of Sleep Studies and all sleep studies are not the same.
- A level 1 sleep study (Polysomnography) is an in lab sleep study. The costs of this can vary depending upon the hospital it is being done and the cost in Delhi /Gurgaon/NCR vary between Rs 15000 to 20000. Although it has been the ‘gold standard’ for long but advancements in technology and the portability many patients may not require and can avoid having to sleep in a lab. However patients with co-morbidities should undergo in-lab study.
- Home sleep test (HST) – these are gaining popularity around the world. It should be emphasized that all HST’s are not the same.
- A comprehensive Home Sleep Study (attended level 2 study) is the most popular level of testing. This involves a trained technician putting on the leads and sensors and observing the sleep in your bedroom. The titration is done wherever required. This sort of testing is not possible in the West where it is not possible to have techs staying overnight thus does not find much mention in the medical literature. Sleep Cure Solutions team has the experience of over 3000 such tests and have mastered this testing pathway. These tests typically costs between Rs 8000 – Rs 12000.
- Level 3 sleep tests (unattended level 3 HST) are self- administered (sometimes techs may be asked to administer this just to jack up the costs) sleep tests to rule in Sleep Apnea and are done where the Sleep Apnea is very obvious and there are time and cost constraints. There is no monitoring of sleep (no EEG, EMG, EOG) but just the cardio-respiratory parameters during sleep. There is no provision for titration in this. These tests cost between Rs 2000 to Rs 5000.
As with any other modality it is very important to understand & ensure some of the basics and things like who is recommending the test, who is going to do it, what are the credentials of the Sleep Physician etc.Unfortunately the Sleep Medicine Healthcare Sector is unregulated and Vendors (suppliers of CPAP machines) are doing Sleep studies left right and centre often at throw away prices without really understanding the science and leaving behind a trail of unsatisfied customers. They often have ‘fixed reports’ all advising buying a CPAP machine
As an empowered customer it is your duty and right to get the best service that your money can buy but that would mean doing your homework.
Sleep Cure Solutions with it’s unique business model of utilizing the strength of our backend operations( helping subsidize our local work) is able to provide services at about 30% less cost to the patients. We have been at the forefront of training and are playing a pioneering role in the emergence of Sleep Medicine. The service is led by an American Board Certified Sleep Physician who has been mentoring physicians in this region. We feel happy and privileged to pass on the benefits of our business model, and our expertise to our patients.
Author :Dr Prerana Garg is the Medical Director at Sleep Cure Solutions. She believes that by doing full disclosure and transparency about everything we do in our practice–especially when it comes to cost we can build trust with our patients and we should not shy away from it.
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Sleep Cure Solutions provides Quality manual Sleep study scoring services with accurate results to support Sleep Centers/Services across the world. Each study is scored by Senior registered polysomnography technologists with years of scoring experience. Call us at 0091-9871162255 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how we can partner for a mutually beneficial opportunity.Visit us at www.sleepscoringsolution to know more.
We spend almost one-third of our life sleeping. And if you try to combine the hours we sleep in our life time, it’s huge, it’s really huge.
But why do we sleep every day? What makes us feel sleepy every night? And why do we feel good when we wake up from a full night’s sleep?
These questions need answers – and for centuries, the curious species, we-the-mankind, have been trying to decode sleep. Read more of this article »
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Outsourcing is not a new idea. It’s been out there for long, though it’s true that sleep medicine industry has picked up on this model of working a little late. Now if you’re someone who’s in-charge of a sleep lab or sleep clinic and are actively looking out for someone in a country like India who could help you take the sleep data scoring pressure off on your shoulders, you’re at the right place. In the coming paragraphs, we’ll tell you why Sleep Scoring Solutions (SCS) has been able to support some of the world-renowned sleep labs and hospitals to provide care for their patients suffering from sleep disorders.
Cherishing the Values of Trust and Quality
SCS has been around for long. It is led by a team of world-renowned sleep specialists like Dr. Himanshu Garg (read about his credentials here), and a team of rigorously trained sleep technologists.
At SCS, the team works across all sophisticated software platforms available such as Compumedics, Sandman Elite, Alice 5, G3, Nihon Kohden, Rembrant, Remlogic, Somnologica, Cadwell, and Stardust.
The team understands how time is a critical component in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient
Sleep disorders severely affect the mental, physical, and spiritual health of people. When you don’t sleep well, you don’t wake up feeling well. Absence of quality sleep in life makes you more likely to put on weight, have heart stroke, diabetes, and fall prey to an accident (since lack of sleep for long makes you feel drowsy all day). That’s why, SCS has built a process that ensures fast turnaround of sleep scoring – within 48 hours – so that its clients can diagnose the health of their patients faster and take appropriate steps without losing any precious time.
The team is proficient in manual testing, giving the sleep labs an edge over their competitors that take decisions on automatic analysis
SCS believes that manual scoring is the best route to get the true and complete picture of the sleep health of a patient. However, manual scoring requires way more efforts and expertise on the part of the person who’s scoring a sleep study. That’s why SCS invests in its team of sleep technologists and encourages them for continuous learning so they never fail in delivering the best results to its clients worldwide. With the manual sleep data scoring services, you are in a much better position to diagnose the sleep health of your patients and help them to get back to their normal lives.
The costs make sense
Outsourcing, at least for the first time, is likely to make you a little nervous or unsure. You can have many questions up on your mind – and this is fine. The team SCS is all ears when it comes to discussing your need for quality and fast-turn around sleep scoring services. Best of all, SCS keeps its pricing completely transparent and competitive.
Do you know this?
Outsourcing your sleep data scoring services to a reliable partner in India could save up-to 40% of your costs and allow you more time to spend on your core business activities like marketing, interacting& serving patients and building your business. Whether you represent a large or small lab or a start-up, outsourcing has something for everyone.
Have a project to outsource? Just give us a call at +91- 9871162255.
A sleep study/test is an overnight study of your sleep health. The test can be done at a sleep centre or at your home. But you just cannot go to your doctor and get it done if you suspect a sleep disorder – it is a sleep specialist who is the one who takes a call as to whether you need to have a sleep study.
Here are some reasons to consider inquiring into a sleep study:
Most of us feel that sleep struggles aren’t worth discussing with a doctor. Not true!
If you often struggle to fall asleep or regularly wake up all night to use the bathroom or have frequent nightmares that make going to bed again difficult, you should consider speaking with a sleep specialist for a sleep study. Sleep study is a painless procedure and will help rule out the presence of any sleep disorder.
We all are meant to sleep at night and remain active in the daytime. But if you feel extremely drowsy all day even after taking a full night sleep and this continues for long, it can be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder.
To get clarity on what causing this daytime fatigue and urge to fall sleep all day, a sleep specialist may ask you to take a sleep test, which is otherwise called a polysomnogram.
Being obese ups your chances of sleep apnea. Same is true when you are a diabetic.
If you’re obese or diabetic or both and snore loudly, do get yourself tested for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that interferes with your breathing when you fall asleep – this interference, which you might not even notice – ends up badly impacting your sleep health, and puts you at risk of developing a host of complications including strokes and hypertension.
If you have an unexplained rise in blood pressure (hypertension), it could be due to obstructive sleep apnea.
You may be tested for sleep apnea during a pre-surgical screening to determine your ability to breathe without disruption during the operation.
If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, your treatment team will encourage you to start the treatment for sleep apnea prior to surgery. And though there are different treatment options available, which your doctor will discuss with you, it is the positive airway pressure (PAP) that is considered the most common and the most effective option.
You will need a second sleep study or have to take some other tests when you were earlier diagnosed with a sleep disease, say Sleep Apnea or Narcolepsy, but the conditions have changed a lot in the past some time – may be you’ve put up a lot more weight or have lost heavily, or your entire lifestyle has changed massively – in this condition, your doctor may ask you to take a new sleep study.
A sleep study is designed to gather data of your behaviour in your sleep. This data is then scored by trained sleep technologist. The final report helps the sleep specialist to figure out the causes behind the poor sleep health of the patient and recommend the best steps to combat for achieving a better health.
If you too feel that you’re failing to get your due share of shut eye for the past many days, seeing a sleep specialist can help. Speak with a sleep specialist now, on +91-9871-16-2211.
Or, mail us at email@example.com.
For months, you have not slept well. You finally approach a sleep specialist who recommends you a sleep study.
Knowing a bit about the sleep test will help you get relaxed before and during the study. In fact, many people think about sleep study as a fascinating experience. Read more of this article »
You’ve been thinking about sleep study scoring outsourcing for the past many days – and finally you’ve decided to give it a try.
However, you’ve no idea about where to start from. Don’t worry – through this blog post, we’ll try to help you take an informed decision so you can end-up with an outsourcing partner that takes the burden off your shoulder, and help your lab become way more productive than it is today.
The benefits of outsourcing are compelling. And India has a good number of sleep specialists and sleep technologists who provide high quality and cost-effective sleep study scoring services. So, it’s great that you’ve zeroed-on on India to outsource your sleep study data scoring work.
About the Sleep Study Scoring service Data
When we talk about sleep study data, we’re essentially talking about electroencephalogram for brain waves (EEG), electrooculogram for eye movements (EOG), and electromyogram for muscle activity (EMG). The data also includes electrocardiogram – for heart (EKG), snore sounds, as well as airflow and respiratory effort movements.
How to find a good sleep study scoring service?
There’re no secrets to finding a good sleep study scoring service provider. But what you can at least do is ensure the following:
1. The team must be trained / certified
Some clinics work with staff that is just not trained or certified in their field. And thus, their scoring cannot be trusted much. Ideally, the people who’ll be scoring the sleep files should be registered sleep technologists (RST) or registered polysomnographic technologists (RPSGT). And it is important that they’re routinely updated on the latest in their field.
2. Ask for references, for sure
If they’ve been in sleep scoring services for some time, the sleep techs should readily provide you references of which other sleep centers have used their services in the past, or about their current customers.
3. Other vital details you should seek out
Speak with the prospective sleep study data outsourcing service provider about their charges. Usually, the charges depend on factors like volume of studies per month, software used, and other services provided.
Do also spare an hour or two to browse their website. Merely this single thing will help you decide whether you should stick with the service provider or move on. Read through their ‘about us’ page so you can get to know their sleep specialists and staff, their contact details, history, and kind of other things.
If you get a chance, do speak with the team you’ll be working with – a little conversation will help both the sides know each other and pave way for a better understanding and communication.
At Sleep Scoring Solution (SCS), we’re a passionate academic team of sleep technologists and sleep specialists. We’ve been helping sleep labs and hospitals worldwide for years, and a large base of our clientele is with us since our start in 2011. We use the latest technology, such as Cloud, and HIPPA compliant services. And, we’d love to ease your burden and contribute to your productivity!
Our certified sleep technologists work like your extended team and score studies with utmost precision so that you can diagnose and treat your patients in a much better way.
Get in touch for a quick conversation.
M: +91 – 9871162211
Worldwide, more and more people across age groups are getting affected by sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy & parasomnias.
This has put an increased pressure on sleep labs and services. The reimbursement pathways are getting increasingly complex and there is mounting pressure on the margins. Many sleep services are struggling to stay afloat; Innovation has become a necessity without which sleep centers shall find it difficult to attend to the growing numbers of patients. One way of simplifying the process is outsourcing the scoring of sleep study data to reliable partner. The problems of lack of qualified sleep technicians in many parts of the world can also be dealt with by using this pathway. Casual use of freelancers cannot be trusted for quality and timely delivery.
A new trend has been strongly emerging lately – wherein, sleep study scoring services are outsourced. Though some are skeptical about this model, many have already tested the waters, and are finding it the best way to tackle the lack of staff and to lower their costs significantly.
The company you outsource, in many ways, acts like your extended team. Sleep centres can save on costs spent on data processing and focus on core processes like marketing and taking care of patients. Often sleep services have to resort to using freelancers for clearing backlogs which turns out to be an expensive long term strategy. They should instead zero down to service provider that has been in sleep scoring for a good number of years, and can provide quality sleep scoring services at a fair price. It is important that the service provider understands the intricacies involved in scoring sleep data, and can provide correct scoring consistently.
Sleep Study Scoring and Sleep Cure Solutions
SCS is a leading provider of sleep study analysis and interpretation services, and caters to leading hospitals, private sleep labs, universities, research institutions worldwide, helping them achieve better work and financial efficiencies. These organizations have been our clients since their signing up with us, five years ago.
Studies are turned around in less than 48 hours. And then you don’t even need to enter into long term contracts with us. We believe in complete transparency and fair pricing. When you hire us, you can be rest assured about the quality and consistency in sleep study scoring services. Since our inception in 2011, SCS has played a key role in the success of many leading sleep services providers globally.
We are an academic group focused on providing high quality diagnosis to the global community. We have 24×7 expert technology team, and leverage cloud technology and HIPPA compliant services to connect with the multi-site, multi-geographical locations in an optimal fashion. All the measures are taken to ensure data confidentiality. All the team members are thorough professionals, and are trained on the latest in sleep scoring.
Looking for an experienced sleep study scoring services provider in India?
Contact us so we can discuss your sleep scoring needs and how we may be able to help.
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