By Kathy Dion, Managing Editor
MIAMI, Fla. – VirtuOx, a national sleep and respiratory testing provider, has launched a sister company to provide HIPAA-compliant and cost-effective telemonitoring solutions for healthcare organizations and professionals to diagnose and treat sleep disorders at home.
Founder Kyle Miko said DocViaWeb was created as a way to help people who think they need sleep therapy but get lost trying to find help.
“We were hearing from people who thought they might have sleep apnea, but didn’t know where to go,” he said. “We used to have to tell them to go see a doctor, but we wanted to help them through the process differently.”
Miko said the market was lacking providers of sleep telemedicine, and that’s where he wants DocViaWeb to make its mark.
Through DocViaWeb, a consumer can take an online screening test and find a provider in their state. They then have a virtual encounter in their own home with a physician through the company’s secure platform. The provider performs an evaluation and, if necessary, prescribes a sleep test that can be ordered from VirtuOx. A board-certified sleep therapist then interprets the data from the sleep test and assesses the need for therapy.
Miko said that the whole process—from self-screening to the delivery of CPAP devises and supplies—is three weeks and costs a total of about $300.
“With a shorter time process, we think fewer patients will fall through the cracks,” Miko said. “The adherence rate will be better, as well.”
The company is planning to launch a home health care program for DocViaWeb in the next couple of months. The program will provide transitional care and chronic care management using VirtuOx’s proprietary software, CareCentered.
Miko expects DocViaWeb to receive cross-platform accreditation from the American Telemedicine Association in telenursing, telemedicine and telediagnostics this month.
In October, DocViaWeb plans to launch telemonitoring services, including Bluetooth scales, thermometers, and other equipment that will link to a tablet, then to VirtuOx’s central monitoring service.