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Technology & Devices 2016-12-05T15:09:21+00:00

Technology & Devices

Neurotech In-Home EEG Specialists

We are happy to be working with NeurotechEEG allowing those in need of EEG testing to have it done in the privacy of their own homes.

In-Home EEG Testing and Monitoring from Neurotech

Neurotech is a leader in providing in-home electroencephalogram (EEG) testing throughout the Midwest.

Neurotech specializes in performing EEGs at the patient’s residence or facility, we come to the patient. An EEG is a diagnostic test that records electrical activity from the brain. An EEG can determine a person’s electrical brain function which can help diagnose many neurological disorders. In particular EEG is the most preferred diagnostic tool to diagnose or rule out epileptic seizures. Commonly a 24-hour EEG or longer (Ambulatory EEG) is the preferred method to properly diagnose events related to seizure activity.

An EEG test is a painless procedure conducted by a Registered EEG Technologist. The initial appointment takes about an hour or two. » Electrodes are applied to the scalp using a special glue made for the skin » The patient’s head is wrapped in a soft gauze to secure the electrodes » A recorder clipped at the patient’s waist monitors electrical activity in the brain. Patients can move freely and resume most normal daily activities » A courier will pick up equipment at the end of the study, paid for by Neurotech » If questions arise we offer a 24/7 Tech Support Hotline

For more information go to the NeurotechEEG website.  To contact Neurotech with any questions or comments, please call 1-(866) 374-7648 or Email info@neurotecheeg.com

Emfit Ltd – World’s leading sensors & health tech technology

In 2000 Emfit began developing quasi piezoelectric application electronics using embedded digital signal processing. These electronics were first used for elderly care, next for epileptic seizure alarms and soon afterwards for non-body-contact vitals signs monitoring. By company’s 25th anniversary in spring 2015, tens of thousands of alarm systems are in active use throughout the world.

Since 2003 our whole products development focus has been purely on non-contact vital signs and bed monitoring applications. In 2004 we introduced our first non-body-contact vital signs monitor in the Finnish science center, Heureka. A lounge chair with hidden sensors astonished visitors by having the ability to calculate an individual’s heart and respiration rates and then transferring this data to a nearby display. We then demonstrated our first version of our DVM (discreet vitals monitoring) software at a Medica exhibition in 2005.

Information taken from Emfit Website which can be found here: https://www.emfit.com

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It is not very likely that insurance or Medicaid will cover the monitor, and we currently do not submit claims to insurance companies. Before you purchase the monitor you should contact your provider to see if they will cover the monitor under a miscellaneous code. A doctor’s script along with a letter of medical necessity may improve your chances of receiving reimbursement. The Movement Monitor is not classified as a Medical Device and is intended for General Population Use.
The Movement Monitor is easy to install with only two components to worry about: the durable, under-mattress sensor and the control unit that can be mounted on the wall or placed at bed-side.
The Movement Monitor is designed to work with all types of mattresses, including foam, memory-shape, spring, and extra-thick varieties. Factory settings work for most situations, but there is a sensitivity adjustment inside of the control unit if you need to make changes.
The Movement Monitor will work with any sized bed, as long as the individual does not move too far away from the sensor (ideally placed below the chest area). In the event that someone is particularly restless and has a tendency to roll around quite a bit, an additional sensor can be added and connected to the same control unit.
The sensor is placed BENEATH the mattress, on top of the box spring, or other flat surface. If you have a platform bed with slats, a piece of plywood (3’ x 2’) can be used, and the sensor can be placed on top of that. This will prevent the sensor from bending in between the open spaces.
No, the monitor can be used for anyone, regardless of age or weight.
The Movement Monitor includes an optional no-movement alarm (comes factory enabled). An alarm will sound within 5 seconds of no longer detecting movements, such as the individual’s heartbeat and respiration (Example: person exits the bed). This option can be disabled inside of the control unit. Please refer to the manual for more details.
The monitor a high-frequency alarm that is designed to carry, especially at night when all daytime noises are eliminated. We do offer an optional remote monitor that will alarm up to 100 feet from the main control unit at bedside. A baby monitor placed next to the control unit works equally as well.
Usually false alarms occur when the bed exit alarm function is in use and sensitivity is not adjusted correctly, or if an individual is particularly restless (excessive scratching, fitful sleep, etc.). To give alarm of continued faster movements there is an internal timer which starts calculating time if system notices lighter or stronger movements. If faster movements continue longer than the preset delay, which can be set to 10, 13, 16 or 20 seconds, system will sound a high-frequency alarm.
  • The batteries may need to be replaced.
  • The cable leading from the sensor may not be plugged all the way into the control unit.
  • After trouble-shooting above options and the light is still flashing, sensor may be damaged. Please refer to manual or contact our office for assistance.
Along with having very sophisticated, customized software that is built into the control unit, our sensor is more sensitive than what is currently available. The sensor is made of Emfit’s special proprietary and patented electro-active polymer and it produces small electric signals from any movement, even the very slightest.
Within 3 to 5 business days of order being placed. Add an additional 5 to 7 days if shipping to Canada.
Emfit offers a 30-day money-back guarantee (excluding shipping costs), and a one-year warranty on all manufacturer defective parts.
Absolutely! The monitor is portable, and travels easily – even through airport security. The system is easy to set up with virtually every type of mattress, and can provide much needed-security during a family vacation. It is recommended that you use the original box to transport the monitor to avoid bending and possibly damaging the sensor. Please remember to test monitor as settings may need to be adjusted to the type of bed being used.
A1A Access Solutions payment plans that start as low as $50.00 a month. Please contact our U.S. office 561-409-3117 to learn more.
Battery power can last from 3 months to just over a year. The monitor requires 2 good-quality AA alkaline batteries. Please remember to check expiration date before inserting into control unit. The control unit will beep and a red LED light will flash when batteries need to be replaced.
Yes, we offer an optional portable remote unit that will alarm up to 100 feet from the control unit.
Yes, regardless of a manufacturer defect or damage that occurs on the user’s side, there are options available for repair or replacement of all parts.
No, the Emfit Movement Monitor does not transmit any signal and will not interfere with other electronic devices.
This is very unlikely because the sensor goes beneath the mattress. However, it can be wiped dry if this does happen, and cleaned with a damp cloth

Cyberonics Medical Device Company – VNS, Vagus Nerve Stimulation.

Thank you to the Cyberonics Company for allowing and granting me permission to put this information on the Epilepsy Warriors Website! Please contact this websites owner for permission in order to use this information as it is copyrighted information. Thank You! You can find their website here: https://www.livanova.cyberonics.com/

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Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) Therapy is indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy in reducing the frequency of seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with partial onset seizures not controlled by medication or who experience intolerable side effects. You may be a candidate for VNS Therapy if you have not adequately responded to or cannot tolerate the side effects of antiepileptic medications. Studies suggest that approximately one in three people have epilepsy that is difficult to treat with medications.
The vagus nerve is one of the primary communication pathways between the body and the brain. VNS Therapy is delivered by a device (generator) similar to a pacemaker and a thin, flexible wire (lead) that sends mild stimulation to the left vagus nerve. VNS Therapy is not a drug and, therefore, does not have the same side effects and does not interact with other medications. The vagus nerve delivers these periodic stimulations to the brain and helps to prevent electrical irregularities that cause seizures. Treatment is automatically delivered at regular intervals all day, every day so that you do not have to worry about missing a dose.
The VNS Therapy magnet may provide additional benefits for some people, but it is not necessary to use it for your regular stimulation. By swiping the magnet over the generator when you feel a seizure coming on or during a seizure, you or your caregiver will be able to stop the seizure, shorten the seizure, decrease the intensity of the seizure, and improve the recovery period following the seizure. You can also fix or hold the magnet over the generator to temporarily stop stimulation during certain situations or activities when even mild side effects are troublesome, for example, Public speaking, singing, exercising or other strenuous activity. The magnet can be applied by any person or caregiver trained in how to use it. If you experience troublesome side effects for an extended period of time, contact your physician.
VNS Therapy is an added treatment to your current medications. It is not a replacement for them. Some people in the clinical trials were able to reduce their medications over time. You and your physician will determine your ongoing treatment regimen. It is important to always follow your physician’s recommendations about your medications.
The procedure is not performed by your neurologist, but by a surgeon who is specially trained to perform the VNS Therapy procedure. Any surgery has some type of risk, such as infection. It is important that you discuss this question with your surgeon; however, VNS Therapy has a good safety profile. You will continue to see your neurologist afterwards for medication management and VNS Therapy dose adjustments.
VNS Therapy is not brain surgery. VNS Therapy involves a minimally invasive procedure, which is typically performed under general anesthesia by a surgeon. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour and patients usually go home the same day. Typically, two small incisions are made—one in a natural crease on the left side of the neck and one in the left chest area, below the collarbone. The generator is typically placed under the skin in the left chest area. A thin, flexible wire connects the generator to the left vagus nerve in the neck. The small scars from the two incisions typically fade over time and become minimally noticeable for many people. Another procedure is required to replace the generator once the battery is depleted. This procedure requires only one incision and usually takes less than an hour. The VNS Therapy procedure is completely reversible.
The most common side effects of VNS Therapy include temporary hoarseness/changes in voice tone, coughing, a tickling sensation in the throat, and shortness of breath. These side effects generally occur during stimulation periods and typically decrease over time.
For those who benefit from VNS Therapy, it has been clinically proven to reduce the number and intensity of seizures and, in some cases, to completely eliminate seizures. Studies show that, unlike a medication, the effects of VNS Therapy may take between a few months to 1 or 2 years to reach optimum levels. The positive effects of VNS Therapy are long-lasting, typically do not decline, and may, in fact, improve over time. In addition, many patients using VNS Therapy have also reported improvements in mood, increased alertness, and enhanced memory. Furthermore, physicians have confirmed that some patients have been able to reduce the quantity and/or doses of medication over time. Many patients using VNS Therapy no longer have to make as many visits to the hospital.
More than 70,000 patients have used VNS Therapy for the treatment of refractory epilepsy worldwide.
Many medical insurance companies cover VNS Therapy. A Cyberonics Nurse Case Manager can help you verify your insurance benefits to see if your insurance will cover VNS Therapy (call 1-888-VNS-STIM).