Philips India has partnered with Indian Sleep Disorders Association (ISDA) to offer the first-of-its-kind six-month online certified course in sleep medicine. Philips has trained more than 500 sleep technicians and guided the launch of more than 650 sleep labs in the country till date.
The six-month course on sleep medicine will focus on management, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Qualified clinicians will be able to take up this course under the able guidance of Dr JC Suri, Director and Head, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi and Founder, President and Chairman, Indian Sleep Disorders Association.
Philips has also launched a dedicated free sleep helpline (1800 258 7678) for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Through this helpline, certified sleep educators will assist callers and help them understand their sleep patterns, educate them on the implications of poor sleep and guide them in seeking detailed diagnosis and treatment. Philips sleep educators will provide telephonic guidance at every stage of the patient’s journey and empower them to take informed health decisions.
The Home Sleep Testing Solution offered by Philips will support clinicians in doing a sleep test for potential sleep apnea patients in the comfort of their homes. The solution consists of a chest effort belt, a pulse oximeter and a single use nasal cannula which capture vitals overnight. The report can be generated in a matter of a few minutes with an automated software.
Yashica Verma, Business Lead, Sleep and Respiratory Care, Philips Indian Subcontinent said, “Sleep disorders are on the rise in India, with 7-9 per cent of Indian adult population suffering from sleep apnea. Patients with underlying baseline cardiac diseases are also at risk of getting sleep apnea. With symptoms like unwarranted daytime sleepiness and trouble in concentrating, the disorder impacts productivity and overall quality of life. Aligned with our commitment to provide high-quality sleep care, we are proud to partner with Indian Sleep Disorders Association and Dr Suri to bring in first-of-its-kind comprehensive online training in sleep medicine.”
Dr Suri highlighted, “Sleep is an essential component of health. While people across the world are becoming more educated and aware about the importance of sleep health, the limited number of doctors practicing this specialty is a restricting factor for patients. With initiatives like the certificate course on ‘Comprehensive Sleep Medicine’, it will be easier for patients in India to have access to sleep specialists and world class technologies to treat sleep disorders.”