Conemaugh Introduces Epilepsy Telemedicine

July 16, 2018

Conemaugh Health System is pleased to introduce telemedicine for transition of youth and young adults with epilepsy from pediatric to adult healthcare, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. A public event will also be held for education and discussion of epilepsy, along with a virtual simulation for participants.


Epilepsy Telemedicine

One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally, which may briefly alter a person’s consciousness, movements, or actions.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease combined. Despite how common it is and major advances in diagnosis and treatment, epilepsy is among the least understood of major chronic medical conditions, even though one in three adults knows someone with the disorder.

Conemaugh Health System will begin utilizing telemedicine for epilepsy transition, assessment, and treatment. Telemedicine is an integral component of change processes that will align with the future of healthcare and improve the outcomes in all facets of medicine. The technology has the potential to allow physicians to meet with patients where they are, whether that be at school, home, or remotely at another healthcare facility. Conemaugh has partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation Western / Central PA to investigate the use of telemedicine to help transition youth with epilepsy from pediatric to adult healthcare. The use of this technology allows the patient to be with his / her primary care pediatrician while meeting the adult neurologist, Dr. Nicholas Lanciano, Conemaugh Physician Group – Neurology. This allows for improved transfer of care, as the physician will know the patient prior to an office visit. The explosive growth of interactive technologies has the potential to provide great benefits such as improving access to care, while reducing costs and increasing convenience for patients and their families.


Public Event

Conemaugh will host “Understanding Epilepsy and Improving Access to Care using Technology” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 6 – 7:30 pm, at Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center, Community Rooms A and B, 1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown.

The event is co-hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation Western / Central Pennsylvania, Pediatric Care Specialists of Johnstown, and UCB.

The event will include epilepsy information by Conemaugh Physician Group neurologist, Dr. Nicholas Lanciano. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a virtual tonic-clonic seizure. The virtual experience will simulate living with epilepsy through the eyes of “Jane”.

RSVP to Greg McConnell at (814) 799-0345 or gmcconnell@efwp.org.

Click here for public event flyer

Click here for flyer about virtual simulation