Sleep disorder breathing: addressing gaps in care through EHR nudges


Many hospitalized patients at Penn Medicine have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Appropriate treatment of OSA can prevent progression of comorbid conditions, lead to improvements in quality of life, and reduce health care utilization. 


We are testing different ways to increase OSA screening in the inpatient and post-surgical settings. This includes leveraging existing data in the electronic health record to identify patients and nudges to clinicians to improve screening referral. This effort is being done in collaboration with various clinical departments including sleep medicine, respiratory, anesthesiology, and cardiology.


This project is currently in progress. 


Division of Sleep Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

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