Conference Agenda

Technical Course for Allied Health Professionals
April 27, 2023

“Maintaining the Human Touch with Digital Innovations in Sleep Technology”

About this Course

Newer technology is beginning to transform how patients are diagnosed and treated for sleep disorders. Technology has already had a dramatic impact on the treatment of sleep disorders. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was invented in the 1980s, and revolutionized the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. CPAP therapy evolved over the years, becoming quieter and easier to use. AutoCPAP is more widely prescribed, and devices are now networked through cloud-based systems that allow data collection as well as therapy adjustments. Home sleep testing, telemedicine, improved accessibility to education, advanced scoring and data collection systems are rapidly impacting the world of sleep technology. Artificial intelligence is transforming healthcare and sleep medicine to improve patient care. There are some dangers associated with some of the advancements in sleep technology. Sometimes the hype gets ahead of the science. a considerable need to improve the way sleep disorders are diagnosed and treated in modern Although there is society, in some ways, we have lost respect for the central place that sleep and sleep medicine should have in patient’s lives. As sleep technology evolves, the human touch must remain to preserve the foundation for helping patients improve their lives through improving their sleep. digital transformation of health care, particularly the diagnostic side continues to advance, and the full potential of analytics, machine learning, and other digital tools is not yet entirely understood or sufficiently valued.

The course will explore how the use of technology can have both a positive and negative impact on the human touch that patients seek. A review of the vision of our leaders, a discussion of opportunities that improve patient outcomes with a focus on methods to keep employees engaged are all an integral part of the discussions in this course.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss disparities in healthcare and sleep medicine
  • Review the future of sleep technology
  • Define innovations for the sleep technologist role
  • Identify areas beyond patient care promoting roles in sleep technology

Thursday, April 27, 2023
8 Contact Hours

8:00-8:45 AM Keynote Presentation: Racial and Economic Disparities in Sleep Medicine William Mac Anderson, MD
8:45-9:30 AM AAST: Setting the Standards for Professional Excellence in Sleep Technology Emerson Kerr, MBA, RRT, FAAST, AAST President
9:30-10:00 AM Employee Engagement Advances Organizational & Individual Growth in the Workplace William (Robby) Beauchamp, RRT, RPSGT
10:00-10:15 AM Refreshment Break
10:15-11:00 AM Right Patient, Right Device, Right Time Rose Batenhorst, RPSGT, RRT
11:00-11:45 PM Implementing a Successful Patient Education Program & Getting Paid to Educate Ali Al-Himyary, MD, MPH
11:45-12:45 PM Lunch

Afternoon Forum: Promoting Roles in Sleep Technology

12:45-1:45 PM Advancing the Sleep Navigator Role in the Hospital Setting Keir M. Noe, RPSGT, RST, CCSH; Kelly Gladden, RRT, RPSGT, RST, CCSH; Donnie Brown-Hill, MPH, RPSGT, CPC, CCSH
1:45-2:25 PM Sleep Technologist Contributions Beyond Direct Patient Care Dottie Covey-Elleby, RPSGT
2:25-3:00 PM Changes Impacting Future Roles of Sleep Technology in a Data Driven Revolution Marietta Bibbs, BA, RPSGT, CCSH, FAAST, FAASM
3:00-3:15 PM Refreshment Break
3:15-4:00 PM Today Is Not Tomorrow in Sleep Technology Laura Linley, RPSGT, RST, CRT, FAAST
4:00-4:45 PM Sleep Technologists in Dental Practices — A Good Fit Robyn Woidtke, RN, RPSGT, CCSH, FAAST
4:45-5:30 PM Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Future of Sleep Technology Andrea Ramberg, MS, CCSH, RPSGT; Fred Turkington

Southern Sleep Society 45th Annual Meeting
April 28-30, 2023

“Sleep Medicine: A Discipline in Transition”

About the Conference

Sleep is increasingly impacted by the world of technology. As a business, the world of sleep medicine is booming. It is an exciting time of innovation with numerous products available that are designed to enhance sleep. There are apps, wearable technology like fitness trackers, smart beds and external monitors that make the bedroom part of the internet of things (IoT). Numerous devices meant to optimize the sleep environment through regulation of light, noise, temperature, and humidity are all a part of healthy sleep. New interventions that treat snoring, sleep apnea, circadian disorders, and insomnia are available. There is growth in telemedicine for the management of sleep disorders which will increase access to board-certified sleep physicians who will continue to have a central role in managing and treating sleep disorders. As the technology changes, artificial intelligence may have the ability to provide some helpful guidance in the management of sleep conditions like insomnia. This may make cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) accessible in a new way. New insights on how sleep disorders are diagnosed, managed and treated continue to demonstrate that the future of sleep medicine will evolve through clinical research and comprehensive clinical practice.


  • Recognize the impact of healthcare changes on sleep medicine
  • Debate and analyze controversial topics in sleep medicine
  • Learn to manage co-morbid conditions related to sleep apnea
  • Discuss novel findings related to sleep disordered breathing
  • Implement expanded knowledge in sleep disorders into clinical practice
  • Apply new methodology and technology, including sleep telemedicine and dental sleep medicine into clinical practice

Friday, April 28, 2023
7.33 Contact Hours

8:00-8:40 AM Keynote Presentation: PAP Therapy: Correcting Mistakes of the Past Abinash Joshi, MD
8:40-9:20 AM Promoting Sleep Apnea Treatment to Patients — Some Key Strategies for Success Ernie Cote, MBA
9:20-9:50 AM Implementing Remote Patient Monitoring in Sleep Medicine Vikas Jain, MD
09:50-10:15 AM Break with Exhibitors
10:15-11:00 AM Practice Models for Multimodality Therapy for Sleep Apnea Colleen Lance, MD
11:00-11:30 AM Is My Patient Appropriate for HGN Therapy? Abhay Sharma, MD
11:30-12:00 PM Risky Business: Shift Work and Cardiovascular Disease Michelle Zetoony, DO
12:00-12:15 PM Founder’s Presentation: Improving Guideline Driven Care of an Insomnia Management Program in Primary Care Amanda Stachura, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
12:15-1:15 PM Industry Sponsored Luncheon
1:15-2:15 PM Symposium: Sleep in Psychiatric Inpatients: Inpatient Psychiatry and Sleep/Autism and Sleep Alton Bozeman, PsyD; Myrtle Jeroudi, MD; Ashley LeMaire, PhD; Michelle Patriquin, PhD; Mary Rose, PsyD
2:15-2:45 PM Managing Chronic Insomnia with Medications Nilgun Giray, MD
2:45-3:00 PM Founder’s Presentation: Factors Associated with Discordant Home Sleep Apnea Testing and Polysomnography Ruckshanda Majid, MD
3:00-3:30 PM Break with Exhibitors
3:30-4:15 PM Sleep Disturbance in TBI Patients Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD
4:15-4:30 PM Founder’s Presentation: Simultaneous Comparison of Unedited and Manually Edited HSAT with Level 1 PSG in Persons with Hospitalized TBI Presented on behalf of Authors
Lori Le, DO
4:30-5:15 PM Exercise and OSA: The Effects of Each on the Other Carl Boethel, MD, FCCP, FAASM, D’ABSM
5:15-6:00 PM SSS Business Meeting
6:00-7:30 PM Founder’s Reception and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 29, 2023
4.25 Contact Hours

8:00-9:15 AM COMISA Symposium: It’s Complicated: Challenges, Innovations, and Future Directions in the Management of Comorbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnea (COMISA)
COMISA: An Introduction and Overview — Sara Nowakowski, PhD, CBSM, DBSM
Adaptations and Alternatives in the Standard Evaluation and Treatment of COMISA — Supriya Singh, MD
A Case Series of Medical and Behavioral Interventions — Earl C. Crew, PhD, DBSM
A Review of RCTs in COMISA: Recent Insights, Unanswered Questions, and Future Directions — Amir Sharafkhaneh, MD, PhD
Earl C. Crew, PhD, DBSM; Sara Nowakowski, PhD, CBSM, DBSM; Amir Sharafkhaneh, MD; Supriya Singh, MD
9:15-10:00 AM Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome Reeba Matthew, MD
10:00-10:30 AM Break with Exhibitors
10:30-11:10 AM The Persistently Elevated AHI — Approach to data downloads and other practical tools of PAP follow up Ruckshanda Majid, MD
11:10-11:30 AM Founders’ Presentation: Treatment of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with HGN Therapy (Presenter’s name published after 2/28/23)
11:30-12:10 PM Value of Accreditation and Review of New Accreditation Standards Thomas K. Speer, PhD
12:10-12:45 PM The Modern Approach to Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Suzanne Thai, DDS

Sunday, April 30, 2023
3.75 Contact Hours

8:00-8:45 AM The Gregory S. Ferriss Memorial Lecture: Keynote Presentation: Case lessons from a Quaternary RLS and Hypersomnolence Center David B. Rye, MD
8:45-9:15 AM Challenges in RLS Management Preeti Devnani, MD, FAASM
9:15-9:45 AM Telemedicine and its Role in Sleep Services Amir Sharfkhaneh, MD, PhD
9:45-10:30 AM Effect of COVID 19 in Children’s Sleep & Respiratory Function Sharhiar Shahzeidi, MD
10:30-10:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:45-11:25 AM Cancer-Related Fatigue Carmelita Escalante, MD
11:25-12:00 PM Update on Cancer and Sleep Diwaker Balachandran, MD
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