Tele-EEG in the UK: a report of over 1,000 patients

J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Jul;18(5):243-6. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.111003. Epub 2012 Jul 11.


Clinical neurophysiology is the medical specialty in the UK responsible for training doctors in the interpretation of electroencephalograms (EEGs). At present it is difficult to recruit doctors to train in clinical neurophysiology which causes difficulty in delivering services. We established a tele-EEG service to record and report on EEGs at a UK hospital which was unable to attract a resident clinical neurophysiologist. The EEGs were recorded in digital format and placed on a web server to be read by a clinical neurophysiologist in another part of the UK. Where possible this was done using NHS web servers and email, but a back-up system was established using other systems with suitable encryption. A total of 1007 EEGs were reported in 13 months from patients of all ages, epilepsy being the commonest reason for referral. All cases were reported within 24 h of recording. The back-up system was used in 60 cases. Tele-EEG is a feasible, secure, timely and effective method of providing an EEG service to hospitals which cannot recruit a resident clinical neurophysiologist.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Electroencephalography / methods*
  • Electroencephalography / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Neurophysiology / methods*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • United Kingdom