Area health care practices are seeking ways to help their patients while simultaneously minimizing coronavirus spread. Sleep Insights, a local sleep medicine practice in Batavia, has quickly implemented an effective option for patients seeking help with their sleep: telehealth.
Telehealth refers to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication. A live interaction (think FaceTime, Skype or videochat) between a health professional and a patient provides a virtual alternative to the traditional in-person doctor’s visit. This interaction is commonly referred to as telemedicine.
Last week, the sleep medicine practice began moving all scheduled appointments at their 10 regional locations to a telemedicine platform.
In addition, people who need a new patient visit, follow-up appointment or CPAP setup are also able to be seen via telemedicine. Home sleep apnea testing is still being offered and CPAP supplies are available; both will be mailed to patients when possible. Noncritical overnight sleep testing will be suspended at certain locations.
“Since we’re an independent practice and not part of a healthcare or hospital system, it allows us to creatively and quickly respond to unique situations such as COVID-19,” said Dr. Jacob Dominik, Sleep Insights’ medical director. “Fortunately for patients, telemedicine is relatively easy to implement at all our locations and patients can ‘see’ someone at any of our 10 locations.”
If a patient is interested in using telemedicine, Sleep Insights provides the patient with setup instructions to be completed prior to their appointment. The patient and provider each need a private environment, such as an enclosed, private room in someone’s home or office. A secure internet or cellphone connection and working camera on an iPhone/Android, laptop, computer, or iPad are also needed.
Both New York State and Medicare have waived previous restrictions in the use of telemedicine. Telemedicine now covers all medical services and is available to all patients from any geographical location.
Sleep Insights Batavia is accepting new patients and sleep testing patients: 585.219.4330 or visit www.sleepinsights.com.
About Sleep Insights
Founded in 2005, Sleep Insights is a regional, integrated sleep medicine practice offering consultative, diagnostic testing and sleep therapy services. Sleep Insights is an independent sleep center, not owned by or affiliated with a hospital. The company’s main site is in Rochester, NY, with 10 locations throughout Central and Western New York: Rochester, Syracuse, Batavia, Geneseo, Dansville, Niagara Falls, North Buffalo, Batavia, Orchard Park, Springville and Olean.
Sleep Insights provides sleep specialist appointments, home sleep apnea testing, overnight sleep testing, respiratory therapists, CPAP supplies, and the latest sleep therapies in one convenient location and under the supervision of board-certified sleep specialists.
Patients are seen at Sleep Insights for a variety of sleep disorders that can affect their sleep quality and ability to function. Some of the most common conditions impacting sleep include snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and parasomnias, which are abnormal behaviors during sleep.