St. Clair Health Partners with Seer Medical to Deliver At-Home Diagnostic Monitoring for Neurology Patients

PITTSBURGH, PA (JULY 11, 2024) – St. Clair Health patients with epilepsy and related conditions can now complete continuous diagnostic testing from the comfort and convenience of their own homes. A long-term hospital stay used to be the only way to conduct video electroencephalogram (EEG) testing, but St. Clair Health now provides personalized care that meets patient needs, where they are most comfortable, thanks to a partnership with Seer Medical.

Maria Abraham, MBA, MPAS, PA-C, Director of Neuroscience at St. Clair Health, first learned of Seer after their participation in Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate, a 30-week program that helps early-stage health tech AI start-up companies get market ready by providing access to high quality Mayo Clinic de-identified data and industry-leading experts. St. Clair Health is member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a select group of independent health care providers, carefully vetted by Mayo Clinic and granted special access to Mayo’s clinical, educational, research and operational knowledge, expertise, and resources.

Thorough in-home testing can offer diagnostic and economic advantages to inpatient monitoring, and while some patients may still require inpatient monitoring, most can be tested at home. Abraham, who has been working on the Seer initiative for over one year, is thrilled to bring this world-class, at-home diagnostic technology to the region. She says, “We are proud to be the third health system in the nation partnering with Seer to deliver advanced care to patients, right here in the communities they call home.”

The Seer Home service enables up to seven-day monitoring durations and high rates of seizure capture to uncover more data to support diagnoses and treatments. The wearable technology can be self-disconnected and reconnected so patients can shower during studies, has a 10-day battery to ensure continuous data streaming, and only requires an in-person visit for connection. The Seer Medical team conducts data checks and patient support entirely remotely throughout studies, as well as arranges for equipment collection from the patient’s home at the conclusion of studies.

“Prolonged video EEG recording was previously only available in inpatient-based epilepsy monitoring units (EMU). The Seer Home service provides the same quality analysis as the EMU in the comfort of your own home,” explains Maxim Hammer, MD, Chief of Neurology at St. Clair Health. “The duration of the study increases sensitivity to detect epilepsy, while video recording allows for correlation between clinical symptoms and the EEG to determine what a seizure looks like for patients.”

Kellie L. Kioalicas, Lead EEG Technologist at St. Clair Health, has fitted a number of patients with the state-of-the-art monitoring system since introducing the Seer Home service in May 2024. She and the rest of the team are committed to performing multiple studies per week, as they anticipate the Seer Home service will play a significant role in the diagnostic process moving forward. Kioalicas shares, “It integrates seamlessly with our clinical processes, enhancing our diagnostic capabilities while offering real-time data that is crucial for patient management.”

This shift from hospital-based testing to a more comfortable, patient-centered experience at home is a win-win scenario for everyone. Patients can now go about their daily activities as usual during studies thanks to the innovative and comfortable monitoring technology. The data collected during studies enables the St. Clair Health team to better understand and respond to the unique needs of patients, enabling timely interventions and personalized care plans.

“Seer brings us a very unique opportunity to help patients in their diagnosis, seizure classification and treatment pathway,” emphasizes Abraham. “Recognizing that seizure variability can be a common feature among patients, having a mechanism to monitor patients for several days in their home environment, doing everything they would normally do, is really the best case scenario.”

Click here to view images showing patients utilizing the Seer Medical wearable technology for at-home studies.

About St. Clair Health
St. Clair Health is a nationally recognized, integrated health system with more than 2,500 employees and 600 physicians serving 500,000 residents of the region. It encompasses St. Clair Hospital; St. Clair Medical Group—a 135-physician multispecialty group; St. Clair Health Foundation; and other related entities. In 2016, St. Clair Health became a member of Mayo Clinic Care Network. As a leader in high value healthcare, it participates with all major insurers. For more information, visit stclair.org.

About Seer Medical
Seer Medical is revolutionizing neurological diagnostics with cutting-edge, at-home monitoring solutions. Since its inception in 2017, Seer has been at the forefront of health technology, focusing primarily on epilepsy. By integrating wearable technology, advanced data science, and cloud computing, Seer provides at-home video monitoring and analysis of the highest quality. This innovative approach not only delivers precise and comprehensive data to healthcare professionals but also empowers patients by allowing them to undergo prolonged monitoring comfortably at home. Seer is striving to transform epilepsy diagnosis and management, significantly improving patient outcomes and quality of life while minimizing the need for hospital visits. Discover more about Seer’s groundbreaking work at www.seermedical.com.