Why ambulatory EEGs? Top 3 benefits of at-home testing

NeuLine Health offers those with potential neurological concerns the option of an at-home ambulatory EEG, rather than undergoing the test in a hospital or clinic.

EEGs measure electrical brain activity, giving critical information to help health care providers and neurologists diagnose and monitor conditions, such as epilepsy, concussions, dementia, sleep disorders, and dizziness.

The test is not invasive, but it requires electrodes to be placed on a patient’s head and lasts a few days to gather data to analyze and identify complex conditions. By offering ambulatory EEGs at homes, patients reap the benefits of convenience, faster results, and more affordable testing.

Convenience and comfort with at-home ambulatory EEGs

Arranging an inpatient EEG, short for electroencephalogram, requires a great deal of planning for patients. Typically, they check into an epilepsy monitoring unit at a hospital or clinic for three or more days to undergo the testing.

This requires a patient to take time off work. They must arrange care for children or others who rely on them at home. They also must bring a friend or family member to stay with them during the testing.

In addition, even with the COVID-19 safety measures enforced at hospitals or clinics, some people are still reluctant to undergo procedures there. This reluctance may keep a patient from scheduling this important test.

For those who live in rural areas, arranging an inpatient test may require several hours of travel to the nearest epilepsy monitoring unit, making the at-home EEG a more accessible test.

Besides being a more convenient option, at-home ambulatory EEGs are also more comfortable. As the term “ambulatory” suggests, people opting for at-home EEGs can move around. They aren’t bound to a bed or hospital room because the EEG leads are portable, held in a small, manageable bag equipped with a shoulder strap. 

The at-home option allows NeuLine Health patients to work from home if they have desk jobs that lend themselves to that. They can also take care of children and pets if they don’t overexert themselves, perform limited household tasks, and, of course, sleep in their own bed. If needed, they can leave home for short periods.

Because patients are in a comfortable, non-sterile setting, their tests often more accurately reflect how their potential condition affects them in everyday life.

At-home EEGs are more affordable

Because of the expenses involved with an inpatient stay at a hospital or clinic, at-home EEGs are a much more affordable option.

While at a hospital or clinic, a patient’s team can include neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and others with special training and experience in epilepsy treatment, according to the American Epilepsy Society. Besides covering the costs of experts, patients must also pay hospital expenses, such as meals and housekeeping.  

Overall, at-home EEGs are about half as expensive as an inpatient experience, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

Faster results with NeuLine Health EEGs

NeuLine Health streamlines the process for people to schedule their EEGs and get the results of their studies.

NeuLine Health representatives strive to call patients to schedule appointments within 72 hours after receiving all required documentation and the confirmation of benefits.

In contrast, patients may have to wait as long as a month to six weeks to get a spot at an inpatient unit. Especially for someone anxiously awaiting results to diagnose or rule out a condition, that wait can be excruciating. NeuLine Health registered EEG technicians have the flexibility to meet patients when it works best for them, not the other way around.

Once tests have been performed, a NeuLine Health tech downloads data and sends it to a board-certified neurologist. Study results are typically provided to the primary care physician within 72 hours of the test.

This swift scheduling and ability to get results sooner paves the way for care providers to refer patients to specialists to set up a treatment plan more rapidly. On the other hand, if tests don’t indicate unusual brain activity, then the provider can begin looking into what else may be causing the concerning symptoms. For more information on NeuLine Health EEGs, visit our website.

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