— NOTE: Our remote training program is temporarily paused. We are upgrading our instrumentation and need to insure all technical issues are worked out before re-deploying the systems. Nevertheless, here is an overview of the program.
Due to advances in technology, neurofeedback can now be done remotely via the internet using a high speed connection. In 2007, Dr. Schummer developed this program so patients who live far from our Center can have the benefits of working with our office. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies bio- and neurofeedback instruments a Class II Medical Device, which has varying levels of risks and benefits. To assure the safety and effectiveness of the device, it may only be used under qualified supervision. In addition, Dr. Schummer insisted we not release this program until it was clearly established that training sessions done remotely were as safe and effective as sessions conducted at the Center. Beginning in 2008 we began to enroll patients from as far away as China, Australia, and South Africa and the program proved to be very successful, especially for pre-adolescent children and adults.
If a patient is under the age of 18, we begin the program by identifying a family member or friend who we will train to be the onsite technician. That person will place sensors on the child’s head, make sure the amplifier and computer software are working properly and communicate with our office as necessary or when required. For adults, they have the option to be their own technician or identify another adult whom we will train. In addition, a financially responsible adult member of the patient’s family must read and agree to follow the methods and procedures of the program and pay a security fee to cover the cost of the instrumentation and some training sessions. This fee will be returned to the remote trainer when the instrumentation is returned at the end of the program, less any unpaid fees or costs.
The patient undergoes a comprehensive evaluation and a quantitative EEG (QEEG), also called brainmapping at our Center in Los Angeles. The information obtained allows the doctors to develop a treatment plan tailored to the unique features of the patient’s brain. After reviewing the treatment plan with the patient and appropriate family members, the patient completes a minimum of six in-clinic training sessions. At the same time, we train either the patient or the onsite technician everything he or she needs to know to conduct the session.
The in-clinic sessions are important not only to train the patient or adult to reliably run the session, but also to establish a baseline that the doctor uses to compare with the remote sessions to help insure they are being conducted properly. After the in-clinic sessions, the patient takes home the same instrument they were trained on, along with any supplies necessary to run sessions.
Neurofeedback training continues via the internet under remote supervision until we are certain that the home sessions are being conducted as effectively as sessions done in the Center. At this point, the patient may elect to continue their sessions without technical support from our office. Every session is automatically saved to a file that is sent via email to the Center and integrated into the patient’s main file. The doctor reviews these sessions, tracks the patient’s progress, and makes recommendations and changes just as though the sessions were being done at the Center. For a summary of costs involved in the remote training program please see our current pricing summary below.