Help for those who need it most

Help in Nepal

Children in Nepal outreach clinic waiting to be checked for epilepsy

Helping Laos

A baby patient in Laos undergoing an EEG test

About the TeleEEG service

Why we help

More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. More than 80% of these people live in low or middle income countries. In these countries up to 90% of people with epilepsy are not given the correct treatment. This is called the Treatment Gap. We aim to close this gap with the help of accurate epilepsy diagnosis through TeleEEG and hence well-tailored drug treatment.

Our history

Proof of concept of TeleEEG was provided in a novel service for remote EEG reporting for a hospital in Truro, Cornwall, UK in 2011 (read paper). The first of our TeleEEG services in the developing world was set up in Dhulikhel hospital outside Kathmandu in Nepal in 2012. Over 500 TeleEEG interpretations have since been generated from this hospital alone. Since then, TeleEEG services have been provided in the Caribbean, Swaziland, Laos, Myanmar and India

What is TeleEEG?

EEG helps in the diagnosis of epilepsy. EEG machines are now small enough, portable and inexpensive. They can be installed in most clinics in need. Similarly local staff can be trained to apply EEG electrodes to a patient's scalp and carry out a good quality routine EEG recording. However, there are not enough people in the world trained to interpret the EEG recording. With the establishment of global communications through the Internet this problem can be rectified. EEG files can be uploaded to a server and then download by a qualified EEG interpreter anywhere in the world. The EEG can be read and reported on immediately.

Meet the TeleEEG primary team

 

The TeleEEG team is made up of medical consultants, volunteers and professionals worldwide. Here are the team that make it happen.

Dr. Stephen Coates

Dr Stephen Coates obtained his first degree of BEng (Hons) in communications systems in 1987 specialising in satellite communication. He became a Chartered Engineer in 1990. He attended Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School UK and graduated in 2000 with MBBS.

He became a Consultant Physician specialising in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2007. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 2008.

Steve is a Member of the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, International League Against Epilepsy and British Medical Association. He currently works as a Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Dr. Tan Chong Tin

FRCP, MD (UM), MBBS (Melb) .Trained in Melbourne, Professor Dr Tan Chong Tin's area of expertise is in clinical neurology. His work has been published in numerous academic journals. His research works include Asian multiple sclerosis, central nervous system infections, Nipah encephalitis, cryptococcal meningitis and psychosocial aspects of epilepsy. For his contributions, he has been awarded the Merdeka Award for Health, Science, and Technology: as Leader of the Nipah encephalitis Investigating Team, University of Malaya, PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell; the Mahathir Science Award: as Leader of the Nipah Encephalitis Investigating Team, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya , Academy of Science Malaysia; and Ambassador For Epilepsy for his outstanding personal contribution to international activities advancing the cause of epilepsy, International League Against Epilepsy and International Bureau of Epilepsy.

Michael Wright

Initially obtaining a degree in Physics at the University of Exeter, he trained as a Clinical Physiologist at the Park Hospital for Children in Oxford obtaining his second degree in Neurophysiology from Middlesex University.

Michael moved to Optima Medical Ltd providing sales and application support throughout the UK and Ireland, before taking on the role of Business Manager looking after the sales and operational management of the Neurophysiology Business Unit. Currently Michael is working towards obtaining an MBA. Outside of work, Michael continues to support multiple charitable organisations running marathons.

Anne Clarke

Anne Clarke is a Specialist Clinical Physiologist within Neurophysiology working in Truro Hospital in Cornwall UK with over twenty-five years’ experience within the NHS. In 2006 she co-formed a private company which provided EEG work to the private sector and locum work within the NHS. In 2008 she began working with Bespoke Healthcare Ltd and for the last 6 years has led their Neurophysiology service contract with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

Four years ago she began to help support the Nepal TeleEEG project, visiting there in 2012 with plans for future trips into the Developing World. She is joint author in the paper Tele-EEG in the UK: a report of over 1,000 patients, Coates S, Clarke A, Davison G, Patterson V. J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Jul;18(5):243-6.

With thanks to...

 

We rely on donations of equipment, time and resources to fund our work. Without the help of the below companies, individuals and organisations, a lot of our work would not be possible.

Optima Medical

Supply of an XLTEK EEG Machine to Nepal and to Laos.

Bespoke Healthcare

Kind donation of various EEG peripherals.

George & Nora Porter

Monkseaton, UK - Donation of a wireless EEG headset