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  • Where are Cognitive Health Assessments™ available?

    Cognitive Health Assessments™ are available through VoxNeuro’s clinical network, listed under “Test Centres & Treatment Providers” on the Locations page. Locations that are “Treatment Providers” only, refer patients for Cognitive Health Assessments™ at a Test Centre.

  • How are Cognitive Health Assessments™ different from other cognitive assessments?

    Most cognitive assessments are based on patient behaviour and self-reporting. This leads to a high-margin of subjectivity and room for error in a diagnosis and informing treatment. 

    In contrast, Cognitive Health Assessments™ measure biomarkers of the brain by using EEG-based neurotechnology. The strength and timing of the brain biomarkers reliably confirm the health of each core brain function, and show which mental abilities need to be treated.

  • What cognitive functions do Cognitive Health Assessments™ measure?

    Attention, concentration, memory and information processing.

  • How can Cognitive Health Assessments™ help with COVID-19 recovery?

    Neurological consequences of COVID-19 are being reported in 36-84% of COVID-19 patients. Why such a big percentage range? Because the tools being used in the majority of clinics and hospitals to confirm the presence of neurological consequences are subjective – based on patient self-reporting or observable symptoms.

    VoxNeuro’s neurotechnology can support patients and healthcare teams by confirming if patients are suffering from neurological consequences of COVID-19.

    Unlike subjective brain assessment tools, VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™ measure brain health using brain biomarkers. 

    Learn more about the neurological consequences of COVID-19.

  • What types of injuries or illnesses are Cognitive Health Assessments™ applicable to?

    Cognitive Health Assessments are used to inform treatment for anyone experiencing issues with their cognitive health. They provide objective data to healthcare providers on how a brain is functioning in the following mental abilities: attention, concentration, memory and information processing.

    Most commonly, the assessments are used for concussion and traumatic brain injury, or as a general cognitive health checkup. The results objectively confirm if a function is performing below healthy levels and requires treatment by their healthcare team.

  • What kind of symptoms may be signs of impaired cognitive function?

    Issues with memory, language, thinking or judgement, fogginess, fatigue or altered mood can all be signs of impaired cognitive function.

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  • Where can I learn more about the science behind VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™?

    Visit The Science page to learn more. If you have additional questions, contact our team.

  • How can I start treating my patients with VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™?

    Join VoxNeuro’s clinical network:

    • Option 1: Test Centre & Treatment Providers: VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessment™ systems are easily installed into any clinical setting and the assessments are simple to run. Each Test Centre goes through the Cognitive Health Assessment Accreditation Program™ to certify staff as Cognitive Health Technicians™, and accredit their clinic. Staff complete an in-person and online training course to become certified to use the reports to inform treatment.
    • Option 2: Treatment Providers: Staff complete an in-person and online training course to become certified to use the reports to inform treatment.

    There are a number of coverage options that patients can leverage to fund their Cognitive Health Assessment™ such as extended benefits, motor vehicle accident or work-place insurance.

    To join VoxNeuro’s clinical network, contact us to find out more.

  • Does a patient need to have a baseline assessment?

    Owing to decades of research preceding the commercial launch of VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™, as well as continuous expansion of the normative database, VoxNeuro has a rich collection of data from patients of different genders spanning 7 years of age to 70+. With this database to compare a patient’s results to, a baseline is not required to confirm if a patient’s cognitive function is performing at a healthy level for their age.

    For patients who are at high-risk for brain injury and may have sustained injuries in the past, such as contact-sport athletes, pre-season assessments are valuable.

  • I have patients who are concerned about historical injuries. Is there any length of time after which the Cognitive Health Assessment™ is no longer useful?

    No, the Cognitive Health Assessments™ offered are extremely sensitive measurements and as a result can be useful in both the acute and chronic phases of injury. You can explore more on how our assessments benefit individuals years removed from their injuries in the publication Disruption of Function: Neurophysiological markers of cognitive deficits in retired football players  and in the award winning series Collision Course.

  • How are Cognitive Health Assessments™ different from traditional qEEG?

    Quantitative EEG (qEEG) is an improvement on traditional EEG. It produces digital recordings, allowing clinicians to analyze the data on the computer, instead of simply looking at the brain waves in a static image. EEG testing available in most hospitals and clinics only measure “resting state”, which is exactly as it sounds – measuring a patient’s brain activity when they are at rest & not actively engaging in or completing any tasks. 

    Instead of relying on “resting state” EEG testing, VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™ drive active engagement. Each test in the assessment can be thought of as a performance-test for the brain’s core functions. By measuring each core function while the patient is actively engaged with the test, VoxNeuro is able to provide objective data to confirm which functions require rehabilitation or treatment, and which functions are performing at healthy levels.

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  • Why is your brain’s cognitive health important?

    The health of your cognitive function is needed to complete daily activities. It affects how your brain and body performs, and affects your overall quality of life.

  • How do I know if a Cognitive Health Assessment™ is right for me?

    There are two main reasons for booking an assessment: 1) because you are experiencing cognitive difficulties, 2) because you want to know how their brain is performing in general, as a proactive approach to managing your brain health.

  • I think I want an assessment just to know how my brain is performing. What can I do with that information?

    The assessment can be used as a proactive test to track your brain health as you age. Over time, if your results show a change in your cognitive function, this is a flag for your healthcare team to look into what has caused the change to address it as soon as possible.

    The Cognitive Health Assessment™ can also help you to take a proactive approach to optimizing your brain health. You can track your improvement in performance when you implement new habits or lifestyle changes.

  • Why is the Cognitive Health Assessment™ valuable?

    The data in your report helps to remove the need for expensive and time-consuming trial-and-error approaches to cognitive rehabilitation. With the data provided, your healthcare providers deliver treatment and rehabilitation recommendations with confidence.

    When you use the Cognitive Health Assessment™ as a tool to guide your brain health management, you have an informed view of your brain’s health over time, and know what works best for you.

  • How does the Cognitive Health Assessment™ compare to CT, MRI or SPECT scans?

    CT and MRI are structural brain scans that confirm the presence of issues like brain bleeds, fractures, lesions or brain tumours.

    SPECT scans are classified as a functional imaging tool. SPECT scans measure blood flow through the brain, which infers how the brain is performing on a non-specific, high level. 

    CT, MRI, SPECT play vital roles in helping manage brain health, but are unable to provide reliable data of your cognitive function. 

    VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessment™ uses electroencephalography (EEG) paired with our proprietary software.

    By measuring the electrical activity of your brain, we score its performance through precise measurement of memory, information processing, attention & concentration. These healthy cognitive functions are imperative to your overall well-being and quality of life.

  • What makes the Cognitive Health Assessment™ different from other brain assessments?

    VoxNeuro’s objective brain health assessment measures multiple cognitive functions to support:

    • proactive brain health
    • informed clinical decision-making
    • customized care

    By measuring the electrical activity of your brain, we score its performance through precise measurement of memory, information processing, attention & concentration. 

    This data differentiates between true cognitive decline and perceived decline due to symptoms you may be experiencing caused by situational factors, such as stress, general fatigue or mood. This differentiation is important to ensuring you get proper care.

  • What can I expect during the assessment?

    During the assessment, you will perform a series of tasks on a computer while the EEG measures the electrical activity of your brain. Our software analyzes your EEG data to provide an assessment of your core cognitive functions. The report informs your healthcare providers of the relative healthiness of your cognitive functions and indicates if any areas require treatment.

    The assessment is non-invasive and takes 30-minutes to complete.

  • How can I pay for my Cognitive Health Assessment™?

    • extended benefits
    • motor vehicle accident insurance
    • work-place insurance 
    • health spending accounts
    • out-of-pocket
    • flexible financing plans (available at some locations)

    The Cognitive Health Assessment™ is not covered by provincial health plans.

  • What happens after my Cognitive Health Assessment™?

    Your healthcare provider will receive your Cognitive Health Assessment™ report in 2 business days.

    They will use your report to confirm if any cognitive functions are performing below healthy levels, and if so, use your results to inform your treatment plan. 

    Repeat assessments are recommended to track your brain health over time.

  • How soon will I know my results?

    This information is shared with your healthcare provider in an easy-to-use Cognitive Health Assessment™ report within 2 business days. They will schedule a follow-up with you to discuss your results.

  • What will my healthcare provider do with my results?

    For healthcare providers the Cognitive Health Assessment™ helps to elevate brain health evaluation with rapid, objective and actionable data. 

    Our data can track your brain health over time, add certainty to the diagnostic process, and inform customized treatment strategies. 

    When treatment is needed, repeat assessments confirm if your care plan is working for you, help to maximize your outcomes and expedite your recovery timelines.

  • What can I expect to see in my results?

    The results of your Cognitive Health Assessment™ are provided to your healthcare team in an easy-to-use report. The report summarizes the health of your brain’s performance in core functions including memory, information processing, attention & concentration.

    Low cognitive scores on your report  indicate areas that may require treatment. The ability to assess each core cognitive function is unique to the Cognitive Health Assessment™.

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  • Can you outline the method of assessment?

    VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™ improve the world’s understanding of the brain through reliable measurement of all core brain functions. The EEG-based neurotechnology is used to see how a brain is performing, and differentiates between true cognitive decline and perceived decline due to symptoms caused by situational factors, such as stress, general fatigue or mood.

    During the Cognitive Health Assessment™, a patient goes through a series of tests on a computer while wearing an EEG cap. Instead of using common “resting state” EEG techniques, Cognitive Health Assessments™ drive active engagement to pinpoint what core functions are performing below a healthy level, as indicated by neuromarkers (brain biomarkers) captured in the recording. The strength and timing of neuromarkers confirm the health of each core brain function, and show which mental abilities need to be treated, all easily summarized in a Cognitive Health Assessment™ report.

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  • How can I refer a client for a Cognitive Health Assessment™?

    • Visit our Locations page to find a Test Centre
    • Contact a Test Centre directly to book an appointment
    • There are a number of coverage options that your client can leverage to fund their Cognitive Health Assessment™ such as extended benefits,  health spending accounts, motor vehicle accident or workplace insurance. If funding options aren’t available, the assessment can be paid for privately or through Medicard, a flexible financing plan.
    • You will receive the Cognitive Health Assessment™ report in 2 business days
    • Review the report with the healthcare professional on the file, or work with Treatment Providers in VoxNeuro’s clinical network to obtain their medical opinion. Choose what works for you and your practice.

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