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January 2017
From the Driver's Seat
We are halfway through January already, but as this is my first "From the Driver's Seat" of 2017, I want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.  
 
This month, my by-line photo was taken on January 1st here in central Illinois on a beautiful crisp, clear day - a perfect way to start a very promising New Year.   As we enter 2017, the Lifelines Neurodiagnostic Systems team is excited for what is poised to be quite a 12-month period !
 
In 2016, we pioneered the use of web-enabled EEG with the incredible Lifelines iEEG platform.  What does that mean?  An EEG recording system placed anywhere with an Internet connection can stream live, AES 256-bit encrypted EEG data to Cloud servers.  EEG can be monitored and controlled from anywhere, not using a 3rd party application, but a fully integrated, seamless solution. 
 
We have deployed this technology in our clinical research division and have successfully streamed and monitored EEGs from all over the world.  This has never been done before and is a true breakthrough in EEG technology.  2017 will see us add to this platform, making it easier than ever to extend monitoring to any bed, anywhere, completely breaking down the boundaries that currently restrict EEG services from being performed outside the hospital walls. 
 
2017 is also going to be an incredible year for our mission to "Change Lives".  Again this June, two Lifelines team members will be heading to Haiti as part of the  Frank McKinney Caring House Project  to inaugurate a newly constructed village and to visit Haitian orphanages. 
 
We will continue to support education in EEG by sponsoring scholarships to the annual meeting of the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists (ASET) and our support of the ASET Foundation. 
 
The mission of our company goes far beyond just "selling EEG systems"; we recognize that we have a tremendous responsibility to our clients, our team members, and the wider community of EEG and beyond.  Last year, we established our core values, and in 2017, we will be reaching for even greater HEIGHTS .   
 
Our commitment to you, our valued clients, is that we will live our core values:
 
We will always be honest  in our dealings; we will strive to elevate  every relationship; we will use our initiative  to find better solutions; we will give  back; we will honor  our work, our customers, and a guiding Higher Power; and all of this will be accomplished with the power of teamwork , dedicated to service .
Sincerely,



Simon J. Griffin
President & CEO
In the NEWS
Lifelines Photic Stimulator Excels in IPS Testing
Lifelines Neurodiagnostic Systems' Photic lamp has a bright future according to an article in the Journal of the Association of Neurophysiological Scientists (JANS).  The article, Clinical Application of a New Strobe Lamp in Identifying Photosensitivity in Patients Referred to the Birmingham Children's Hospital for EEG Testing, was written by Bryony Carr, the Unimed Prize Winner of 2016, and was a published undergraduate BSc dissertation for the Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK (Journal of the Association of Neurophysiological Scientists, Vol. 9, No. 2, pages 74-80 [ 2016 ] ).

Carr's prizewinning paper addressed the need to develop new guidelines for standardization of the intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) procedure to detect photosensitive epilepsy.  The International League A gainst  Epilepsy (ILAE) publishes guidelines for the standardization of the IPS procedure, including the importance of the use of an optimum photic lamp. The Lifelines Photic meets all these requirements.

Grass strobe lamps were previously preferred, but are increasingly difficult to find.  In this study, these strobe lamps were compared to EEG systems with incorporated stimulators like the Lifelines Photic.  Introducing a photic stimulator compatible with current EEG systems, with optimum characteristics and proven sensitivity in the detection of photosensitivity, can bring researchers closer to a standardized IPS procedure.

In conclusion, the neurophysiology department at Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK, incorporated the Lifelines lamp for IPS and states the "findings from this study were positive with statistical analysis supporting the hypothesis that the new Lifelines lamp is indeed as sensitive in photosensitivity detection as the previously favored Grass strobe lamp". 

"This standardization of procedure will, in turn, potentially lead to optimum patient care."

For more information about the Lifelines Photic, please contact us at sales@lifelinesneuro.com or go to our website.


To read more of the article, please click here.
Tech Tip of the Month
HIPAA Compliance: 
How This Law Applies to Neurodiagnostic Systems
The electroencephalograph (EEG) has evolved significantly in the last couple of decades.  We've seen the technology change from  trusty pen and ink machines, to stand-alone digital EEG systems, to local area networked systems, and now to the Cloud.  In addition, the regulatory environment has evolved as well. This places a significant burden of responsibility upon departments that manage these systems.  
 
Since there are severe penalties associated with failure to comply with regulations, it makes sense to be very aware of the regulations and appropriate steps to comply.
 
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA for short, is a wide-reaching set of laws and regulations.  When operating an EEG system, we are particularly concerned with the regulations as they pertain to the protection of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). 
 
Over the next few months in the "Tech Tip of the Month" section of our newsletter, I will explore the regulations as they appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Parts 160 and 164.  This series is based upon material presented last summer in Pittsburgh, PA at the annual ASET convention.
 
I will also present this material during an ASET webinar on February 15, 2017. 
 

 
We will explore topics such as:
  • Security Standards
  • Administrative Safeguards
  • Physical Safeguards
  • Technical Safeguards
  • Organizational Requirements
  • Policies and Procedures and Documentation Requirements
  • Compliance Dates
These will be discussed with particular reference to how they apply to the operation and management of an integrated digital EEG solution.
 
To kick things off this month, let's consider an important definition: Covered Entity.
 
A Covered Entity refers to any of the following: 
  • A health plan;
  • A health care clearinghouse; or
  • A health care provider who transmits any health information in electronic form in connection with a transaction covered by subchapter 45 CFR 160.103.

To quote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

"Individuals, organizations, and agencies that meet the definition of a Covered Entity under HIPAA must comply with the Rules' requirements to protect the privacy and security of health information and must provide individuals with certain rights with respect to their health information."
 
Since all modern EEG systems contain digital EEG, patient name and other demographic information, and often video, they all contain and transmit ePHI.  In practical terms, this means that any facility that operates an EEG system is a "Covered Entity". 
 
Next month we will look at one of the most important aspects of compliance: the relationship between the Covered Entity and a Business Associate.
Simon J. Griffin
President & CEO

NeuroNICU Nurse
February 7-9, 2017
Ontario Convention Center 
Ontario, California

Lifelines Neurodiagnostic Systems, Inc. will be attending the first ever One Conference, NeuroNICU at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.  
 
At the NeuroNICU nurses conference, we will be showcasing the Incereb EEG electrode array.  The Incereb neon is an FDA-approved device designed to address the difficulties of EEG recording in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU). 
ACNS Logo
   February 8-12, 2017
   Sheraton Grand Phoenix
   Phoenix, Arizona
   Booth 201

Lifelines Neurodiagnostic Systems, Inc. will once again be attending the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) next month at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Stop in and see our solutions, designed to be easy and efficient for clinicians in difficult environments.  With innovative solutions like the Jordan EEG BraiNet and eight-channel, WiEEG amplifier, an ED physician can get a quick and accurate differential diagnosis at the bedside, making an EEG fast, efficient, and cost-effective while the patient is still in the ED.
New Team Member
Julie Vail
Operations Assistant
Julie joins the Lifelines team as our new Operations Assistant.  She graduated in 2007 from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a minor in Fine Arts.  Prior to working at Lifelines, Julie worked as an Assistant Manager/Inventory Manager at Blick Art Materials in St. Louis.
 
Julie and Bill have been together for 17 years and are the proud puppy parents to a Weimaraner, Sheldon, and a small German Shepherd mix, Gidget.  
 
In her free time, Julie enjoys playing volleyball, watching movies, going to concerts, spoiling her puppies, and has a passion for art, photography, and family.


Why Worry?
Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe that another year has evaporated into the past.  Life is turning another page in my book, whether I'm ready to go with it or not! 
 
I don't make New Year resolutions - they never work.  Instead, I tend to evaluate what life dealt me in the prior 12 months and how I responded to it.  What did I do that worked or didn't work?  What can I learn from things that I experienced?  Did I make life better for myself and those around me?  Did I embrace difficult situations, or did I cave to the fears they created? 
 
I'm generally not a big worrier, although I've had my moments.  With the world being in such chaos these days, I thought I'd share one of my "keep my brain out of fear" mantras that has helped me focus on what I can control with the energy and emotions that often go towards worrying.  
 
For the past 25+ years, I've had a little newsletter clipping taped to my computer monitor.  It's called the Worry Table:
 
"Stress management experts say that only 2% of the average person's worrying time is spent on things that might be helped or somehow improved by worrying.  The other 98% of the time is spent (or wasted) as follows:

40% on things that never happen;
35% on things that can't be changed;
15% on things that turn out better than expected; and
8% on useless, petty worries."
 
An obvious (though hard to abide by) conclusion: Consciously refuse to worry about anything unless you have good reason to believe that worrying about it can actually do some good."
 
Diagnosis Day
In July of 2015, I was put to the test when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Of course, I had the initial fears that come with becoming a member of the 'C Suite'.  I was worried for my kids more than anything.  And then there were the secondary fears: What if I look ugly when I'm bald?  How sick will I become if I have to have chemo?  What if it spreads?  What if, what if, what if . . . ?

Within three days, I had let go of all fears and shed my last tear over what the future may hold.  With the help of a dear friend, I was able to turn the "what ifs" into positive possibilities.  I became enveloped in a peace that allowed me to go through this journey with grace and dignity. 
 
I looked at my newspaper clipping to see where my fears might fall in the Worry Table.  I consciously reminded myself of how quickly time flies, so I knew that if my hair fell out (it did), that it would also regrow (it has).  I decided that unless I was taking my last breath, that I was still as alive as I was the day before I was diagnosed.  I would not allow cancer to define or control me; I would control it.  So what was there to worry about?  I could find nothing worthy of my energy.
 
I spent six months going through treatment.  I was blessed to have found the cancer early, and overall, it was a very positive experience.  It was simply something I had to go through as part of my life journey. 

I got to find out that I really do look like my dad.
My hair is back, and I still look like my dad.

The way I see it, I wake up each day with only so much time and energy.  When these are depleted, they're gone.  So, when there's a situation that causes worry, I consciously evaluate the state of affairs from all angles.  If my worrying falls into the 2% of things that might be helped, I allow myself the time to continue to analyze the situation and work towards finding a solution.  But if there are things beyond my control, I refuse to let them consume my thoughts.  It's simply wasted time to allow scenarios that may never happen to play out in my head.
 
So it is with so many situations in life for all of us.  The world is very fragile right now.  We're divided in so many ways, causing an insane amount of stress.  How can we get past it?  There are no simple answers, but we do need to come together and help one another.  And a good place to start is in our own heads . . . by not worrying. 
 
Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

Mary Anne Griffin
Chief Operating Officer
 
Deni Knoche Financial Administrator
Jan. 2nd
Tina Jukich R.EEG/EP T. - Clinical Support Manager
Ja n.  7th
Haley Bernhardt Clinical Applications Specialist II
Ja n.  23rd



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