Neurologist Using Telemedicine to Transform Epilepsy Care in Underserved Countries

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Dr. Peter London* is a neurologist with a mission: to transform epilepsy care in underserved countries. And he’s doing this with the help of telemedicine and telehealth technology.

Many patients with epilepsy in these countries are are misunderstood and face social stigma. They are considered crazy or supernaturally afflicted, and often do not get the right treatment and medication. In fact, many think that epilepsy is contagious and do not realize that it can actually be controlled with medical treatment.

While social and cultural beliefs will take time to change, something can be done about providing medical treatment for epilepsy now. This year, Dr. London* brought EEG machines in Tenwek and Kijabe Hospitals in Kenya. He trained 4 technicians to use the machines in 5 days. However, the story does not end there.

The talented technicians in Tamwik Hospital, Kenya

The talented technicians in Tenwek Hospital, Kenya

“VSee allows my my project to be a success”

Even though Dr. London* is now back to his work and family in Montgomery, Alabama, he still continues to teach the staff in Kenya – using VSee’s telemedicine technology.

He says, “The ability for me to continue to train and talk with the techs is a giant answer to prayer as well as benefit.  I was only able to spend a week with the techs, which is impossible to train them everything, but with this [VSee], we can do lectures, view patients as they are being connected, answer questions, and give feedback on EEGs done.  VSee will allow my project to be a success.”

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Just recently, with VSee’s low bandwidth requirements, they were able to do a group call between the technicians in Kenya and another consulting specialist in the US. They used the screen share feature to discuss the EEG results and Dr London* was impressed with how quickly the technicians learned.

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Next stop for EEGs and telemedicine neurology training

Dr. London’s* next project is to bring solar powered EEG machines to a mountain area in Haiti by early next year. The EEG tests will be stored in the local machine and information will be sent to specialists across the globe.

With today’s technology, quality healthcare can reach everyone!

* Name changed due to security reasons.

 

Comments ( 2 )
  • Nina
    Mehari Gebreyohanns, MD says:

    I am a neurologist and very interested in utilizing teleneurology as part of our global health program over developing countries like Ethiopia. Any suggestions?

  • Nina
    anne says:

    In terms of technology, you can always download and try using our free Basic Messenger app which works well in challenging network situations.

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