Chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders are serious and common problems, affecting an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans. These conditions can have a significant impact on lifestyle health, including lost productivity at work, higher likelihood of accident or injury, quality of life, and even mortality. To meet the ever growing needs of a greatly underserved community, Geisinger Sleep Services provides virtual sleep evaluations at various Geisinger community practice clinics.
David Fisk, MD, Associate, Thoracic Medicine at Geisinger, talks about the Virtual Sleep services offered by Geisinger and how these services benefit patients:
VirtualSleep was developed to serve a growing number of people in need of specialized medical services that encompass sleep-related disorders, but are unable to receive convenient and appropriate care due to lack of accessible and physician specialist in their community. VirtualSleep allows patients to visit with advanced practitioners live, who in turn, work in conjunction with board certified sleep specialists to provide interactive healthcare utilizing secure telemedicine technology for immediate care.