Development, evaluation and implementation of video-EEG telemetry at home

Seizure. 2014 May;23(5):338-43. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2014.01.009. Epub 2014 Jan 20.


Purpose: To describe the development and implementation of video EEG telemetry (VT) in the patient's home (home video telemetry, HVT) in a single centre.

Methods: HVT met the UK Medical Research Council definition of a complex intervention, and we used its guidance to evaluate the process of piloting, evaluating, developing and implementing this new clinical service. The first phase was a feasibility study, comparing inpatient VT (IVT) with HVT in a test-retest design (n=5), to assess data quality and yield of clinically relevant events. The second phase was a pre-implementation study (n=8), to examine acceptability and satisfaction as well as the costs of IVT and HVT. Subsequently, we implemented the service, and reviewed the outcomes of the first 34 patients.

Results: The feasibility study found no difference in the quality of recording or clinical yield between IVT and HVT. The pre-implementation study showed excellent patient satisfaction. We also discuss the findings of the main stakeholder survey (consultants and technicians). Our economic modelling demonstrates a clear financial superiority of HVT over IVT.

Conclusion: Our findings show that diagnostic HVT for seizure classification and polysomnographies can be carried out safely in the patients' home and poses no security risks for staff. HVT can be effectively integrated into an existing tertiary care service as a routine home or community-based procedure. We hope to encourage other clinical neurophysiology departments and epilepsy centres to take advantage of our experience and consider adopting and implementing HVT, with the aim of a nationwide coverage.

Keywords: EEG telemetry; Epilepsy; Epilepsy monitoring; Home monitoring; Video-EEG.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Electroencephalography / economics
  • Electroencephalography / instrumentation*
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Home Nursing
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Telemetry / instrumentation*
  • Telemetry / methods