TeleSleep Services

TeleSleep Services

To support healthcare facilities that own and operate a sleep lab and/or sleep clinic, TeleSpecialists offers comprehensive TeleSleep services, including sleep study interpretation and clinic-based sleep consultations, both initial and follow-up. The TeleSpecialists TeleSleep services program includes a detailed implementation procedure, ongoing scheduling support through our Rapid Response Center (RRC), and a quality review service to ensure best quality outcomes. TeleSpecialists also offers the option of medical director oversight of the TeleSleep program.

Our ABSM board-certified sleep medicine physicians are available to your patients through a set schedule of clinic hours, enabling your team to book consults and provide timely access to a sleep medicine specialist via telemedicine.

Our implementation team works with your sleep lab staff to develop workflows and schedules, to meet the needs of sleep patients in your community. An operational TeleSleep program allows people suffering from any major sleep disorder to receive initial consultations, specialized testing and treatments where these services were previously unavailable due to sleep physician availability or location. Sleep consultations will be readily available with expanded access to sleep experts, provided closer to the patient’s home.

TeleSleep Program

Sleep Study Interpretations

TeleSpecialists’ sleep physicians can interpret sleep studies conducted at-home or in-lab. The facility’s staff will work directly with the patient to coordinate completion of an at-home study or schedule the patient to complete an attended in-lab study conducted by the facility’s sleep certified technicians.

Upon completion of the study, the facility’s technicians will complete their scoring and notify TeleSpecialists that the study is ready for interpretation. A TeleSpecialists sleep physician will log in remotely to the facility’s EMR, review the study, and document their findings. The physician’s note may be sent by the facility’s support staff back to the referring physician for follow-up. Or, if TeleSpecialists is providing consulting TeleSleep services, the TeleSpecialists sleep physician would also conduct a follow-up consult with the patient.

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Sleep Clinic Consults

TeleSpecialists’ board-certified sleep physicians can conduct both initial and follow-up sleep consultation clinic visits. Patients that are referred for an initial sleep consultation will be seen by a TeleSpecialists physician via our telesleep program (telemedicine) to assess their condition and determine if further testing is needed. If needed, the physician will order and work with the facility’s staff to coordinate the completion of an at-home or in-lab sleep study test for the patient.

Sleep study consult visits will be held via telehealth, conducted at the sleep lab with the assistance of a telepresenter. A telemedicine cart meeting the minimum technical specifications will be required and will require peripherals including a digital stethoscope and otoscope. TeleSpecialists will work with the facility to determine a set of designated clinic hours for patient consults to be scheduled within.

Conditions that may be evaluated via the TeleSleep Program include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Parasomnia
  • Snoring
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Shift work/jet lag disorders
  • Women’s sleep disorders
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleep with neuro/psychiatric complications
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia

Operational Support

TeleSpecialists has a Rapid Response Center (RRC) to take calls from TeleSpecialists clients. Your sleep facility will have access to the support and infrastructure of the RRC in coordinating the completion of sleep study interpretations and scheduling sleep consult clinic visits.

  • For sleep study interpretation: Your staff will simply place a call to the RRC to coordinate the physician assignment for completion.
  • For sleep consults: Your staff will schedule patients on the facility side but will work in partnership with the RRC to coordinate designated clinic hours for each month. The RRC will coordinate the physician scheduling based on the designated clinic hours.

Quality Review

TeleSpecialists top priority is the delivery of quality patient care. The TeleSleep services include a dedicated Quality Program Specialist (QPS) assigned to provide the following services:

  • Meet regularly with the facility’s staff
  • Share quality performance data
  • Partner with staff in reviewing quality data
  • Ensure that the established metrics are being met

Medical Director Oversight

As an option, TeleSpecialists offers medical director oversight to assist with meeting accreditation requirements and/or ensuring proper clinical oversight of the sleep clinic or lab. The Medical Director will work directly with the sleep clinic or lab staff to ensure the following:

  • Confirm proper training and qualifications
  • Ensure quality assurance metrics are being met
  • Assist with policies and procedures
  • Provide staff education and support
  • Maintain safe and smooth program operations

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Ready to Implement our Telesleep Program?

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Interested in learning more about how TeleSpecialists sleep physicians can deliver medical expertise and support for your sleep clinic or sleep lab through our telesleep services? See how your facility can better serve your sleep patients by arranging timely access to consults with our sleep experts, through TeleSleep.

Nattasha Acevedo, MD

Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and did her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She went on to do a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Emory School of Medicine in Atla nta, Georgia and then joined private practice in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She likes running, paddle boarding and spending time with family.

Bernadette Borte, MD

Dr. Borte received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include inpatient neurology and acute stroke. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Dr. Borte joined the TeleSpecialist family in March of 2019.

Mazen Almidani, MD

Dr. Almidani is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in epilepsy, as well as neurology with special  qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Almidani is happily married with 4 children. His oldest son has autism and his daughter has complicated seizures; both were a drive for him to become a neurologist. Dr. Almidani enjoys soccer, running and spending time with his family. He is very involved with his sons’ therapy and helping with daily challenges. He is double board certified in Pediatric and Adult Neurology and Epilepsy. He sees children and adults. He also participates in charities for children in Syria who may be underprivileged and/or affected by the war. Dr. Almidani joined TeleSpecialists in August 2020.

Amanda Cheshire, MD

Dr. Cheshire received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She did a fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Cheshire is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. She currently resides in Viera, Florida.  Dr. Cheshire joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.

Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus in EEG and epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of lifestyle medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones. She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.

Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers. 

Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, MD

Dr. Jimenez Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her neurology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she also did a specialized headache medicine and facial pain fellowship. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and her two daughters. She is also fluent in Spanish and Italian languages, and enjoys photography, baking, boating, and biking.

Cory Lamar, MD

Dr. Lamar received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology, with a concentration in epilepsy. He currently resides in Florida and enjoys outdoor activities.

Clifford Meyers, MD

Dr. Meyers received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester, where he also did a neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Meyers resides in Webster, New York with his wife and daughter. When not doing teleneurology, he enjoys playing sports with his wife and daughter.

Tao Tong, MD

Dr. Tong received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she also did a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship.  She currently resides in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tong is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.

Shubhangi Chumble, MD

Dr. Chumble attended BJ Medical School. She is a board certified neurologist with a subspeciality interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Chumble did her residency at Howard University in Washington DC and has practiced neurology since 2001 in private and corporate settings. She lives in Melbourne, Florida and loves the sunshine state. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, cooking , traveling and meeting new people. She also loves to do stained glass, pottery and painting. She joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.