Is ASAP™ legal & ethical?
With existing home sleep testing systems, it is possible to use fake names and provide false contact information, such that there already exists a de-facto form of anonymous home sleep testing, which is underground and unregulated.
ASAP™ is a controlled, anonymous home sleep testing option, that does not involve anxiety and secretiveness in order to obtain help.
We don’t believe that people should find their only option is to lie or cheat to get the healthcare they request or need.
The BLF OSA experts’ conference concluded that:
“services should be designed for the patient.”1
ASAP™ is a absolutely a patient-centric offering.
Some medical professionals may find the inability to reach out to the patient, to ensure they follow up with treatment, sits uncomfortably with them, but the alternative is that an otherwise impervious group will simply not engage in dialogue, testing or treatment.
The intention of ASAP™ is to remove the barriers and make it ‘safe’ for sleepy snorers to reach out for help.
- There is evidence that the LACK of anonymous home sleep testing poses a current risk to society (from undiagnosed individuals who delay or do not test for OSAS)
- That potential benefits ARE likely to be realised even if at a minimum an individual testing anonymously receives a diagnosis of OSAS (and potential signposting to effective treatment) then modifies their behaviour
- The potential harms are largely HYPOTHETICAL and without evidence that such harm would occur
1. British Lung Foundation OSA: the experts’ viewpoint conference report, February 2014, p27.↩
2. Dr. Werner Strobel, University Hospital, Switzerland. As this study was presented the ERS 2012, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer- reviewed journal.↩
3. Salway-Hottes, Gilbert. Anonymous HIV Testing: Evidence Review and Environmental Scan, 2012↩
4. Amnesty International website, https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/torture/ [accessed 26/09/15]↩
Created by Adrian Zacher | Page last updated 6th Oct 2018 | ASAP™ is CE marked standalone, software as a medical device (SaMD).
ASAP™ manufacturer is Snorer.com Ltd. Sleep House, 94 High Street, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4AX. UK.