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  • Where is the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ available?

    The VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ is available at VoxNeuro Test Centers, listed on the Locations page.

  • How is the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ different from other cognitive assessments?

    Other cognitive assessments are based on patient self-reporting or observable symptoms. The subjective nature of these assessments can result in a high margin of error.

    Unlike subjective cognitive assessment tools, VoxNeuro analyzes brain health using biomarkers called ERPs (event-related potentials), which indicate the health of your core cognitive functions including memory, information processing, attention & concentration.

    VoxNeuro supports:

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

  • What cognitive functions does the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ score?

    Memory, information processing, attention & concentration.

  • How can the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ 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 technology can support healthcare systems to accurately measure the cognitive neurological consequences of COVID-19, and provide actionable insights that help inform clinical decisions by healthcare providers.

    Learn more about the neurological consequences of COVID-19.

    *Mao, L., Jin, H., Wang, M., Hu, Y., Chen, S., He, Q., . . . Hu, B. (2020). Neurologic manifestations of hospitalized patients With Coronavirus DISEASE 2019 IN WUHAN, CHINA. JAMA Neurology, 77(6), 683. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.1127
    **Ellul, M. A., Benjamin, L., Singh, B., Lant, S., Michael, B. D., Easton, A., . . . Solomon, T. (2020). Neurological associations of covid-19. The Lancet Neurology, 19(9), 767-783. doi:10.1016/s1474-4422(20)30221-0

  • What types of injuries or illnesses are the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ applicable to?

    The VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ can be used to evaluate the brain as a general brain health check-up, or to evaluate any injury or condition. They provide objective data to healthcare providers on how a brain is functioning in the following mental abilities: memory, information processing, attention & concentration. Learn more: Use Cases.

  • Healthcare Providers

  • Where can I learn more about the science behind the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™?

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

  • How can I start treating my patients with the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™?
    • Option 1: Become a Test Center: VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessment™ systems are easily installed into any clinical setting and the assessments are simple to run. Each Test Center goes through the VoxNeuro 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: Refer your patients: VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessment™ report is easy to use, and can be leveraged by healthcare providers to support proactive brain health, informed clinical decision-making and customized care.

    Visit the Healthcare Providers page to learn more.

  • Does a patient need to have a baseline assessment?

    Owing to decades of research preceding the commercial launch of VoxNeuro, as well as continuous expansion of the normative database, VoxNeuro has a rich collection of data from patients of different genders spanning 12-90 years of age. 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. Learn more: Use Cases.

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

    No, the VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ can be run at any time and can be useful in both the acute and chronic phases of injury. You can explore more on how VoxNeuro’s technology benefits 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.

  • Patients

  • 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.

  • What kind of symptoms may be signs of cognitive dysfunction?

    Issues with memory, language, thinking or judgement, fogginess, fatigue or altered mood are some common signs of cognitive dysfunction.

  • 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.

  • Can VoxNeuro only assess brain health after an injury?

    No – VoxNeuro’s technology also supports proactive brain health.

    With periodic assessments, you can proactively track cognitive health throughout aging. Over time, if results show a significant change in cognitive function that is outside the norm for a patient’s age range, this is a flag to look into what has caused the change to address it as soon as possible. VoxNeuro’s technology can support holistic health check-ups, Executive Health and Employee Health plans.

    VoxNeuro’s results 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.

  • How does VoxNeuro 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. 

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

  • What makes VoxNeuro different from other brain assessments?

    Solutions for assessing brain health fall drastically behind those for other vital organs, like the heart and lungs. 

    Current neuroimaging technologies, like CT and MRI, are well established to assess structural damage but not functional damage. They rely on indicators like bone damage, lesions and irregular blood flow, not electrical activity. Assessing electrical activity and knowing what the electrical patterns of the brain mean is key to truly understanding how your brain is performing, and what that means for your functional ability.

    Other cognitive assessments are based on patient self-reporting or observable symptoms. The subjective nature of these assessments can result in a high margin of error.

    Unlike subjective cognitive assessment tools, VoxNeuro analyzes brain health using biomarkers called ERPs (event-related potentials), which indicate the health of your core cognitive functions including memory, information processing, attention & concentration.

    VoxNeuro supports:

    • proactive brain health
    • informed clinical decision-making
    • customized care
  • What can I expect during the assessment?

    VoxNeuro’s technology is made up of two proprietary components: the Cognitive Health Assessment™ and VoxNeuro’s medical software.

    The Cognitive Health Assessment™ follows VoxNeuro’s evidence-based electroencephalography (EEG) protocol.

    The assessment takes 15 minutes to complete and is non-invasive. EEG electrodes sit on the scalp and record the brain’s electrical activity through EEG conductive gel. You can think of this as similar to an ultrasound.

    During the assessment, you will perform a series of tasks on a computer while the EEG records hundreds of thousands of data-points along your brain waves. Among those data points are ERPs (event related potentials) which are commonly associated with the health of core cognitive functions like memory, information processing, attention & concentration.

    VoxNeuro’s medical software rapidly analyzes, transforms and compares the EEG’s ERP data to VoxNeuro’s database of healthy cognitive function to generate a patient report. The report provides scores of your cognitive functions that healthcare providers can use as a tool to support clinical findings and decision-making.

  • 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.

  • 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, VoxNeuro helps to elevate the evaluation of cognitive function with rapid, objective and actionable data.

    VoxNeuro complements clinical protocols to track cognitive health over time, provide valuable data to the diagnostic process, and help inform customized treatment strategies.

    When treatment is undertaken, repeat assessments track changes in a patient’s cognitive scores to monitor their progress and validate the efficacy of treatment, helping healthcare providers to maximize patient outcomes and expedite 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.

    The ability to analyze and score core cognitive functions is unique to VoxNeuro.

  • What kind of next steps might my healthcare provider recommend after an assessment?

    Healthcare providers use VoxNeuro’s cognitive scores to support their clinical findings and decision-making to inform treatment for your condition.

    Common treatments for brain disorders and cognitive dysfunction include cognitive rehabilitation, functional rehabilitation, vision therapy, manual therapy, sub-symptom threshold training, mental health support and daily planning.

    Note VoxNeuro does not provide treatment recommendations.

  • Third Party Payors

  • Can you outline the method of assessment?

    VoxNeuro’s technology is made up of two proprietary components: the Cognitive Health Assessment™ and VoxNeuro’s medical software.

    The Cognitive Health Assessment™ follows VoxNeuro’s evidence-based electroencephalography (EEG) protocol.

    The assessment takes 30 minutes to complete and is non-invasive. EEG electrodes sit on the scalp and record the brain’s electrical activity through EEG conductive gel. You can think of this as similar to an ultrasound.

    During the assessment, you will perform a series of tasks on a computer while the EEG records hundreds of thousands of data-points along your brain waves. Among those data points are ERPs (event-related potentials) which are commonly associated with the health of core cognitive functions like memory, information processing, attention & concentration.

    VoxNeuro’s medical software rapidly analyzes, transforms and compares the EEG’s ERP data to VoxNeuro’s database of healthy cognitive function to generate a patient report. The report provides scores of your cognitive functions that healthcare providers can use as a tool to support clinical findings and decision-making.

    Visit Science & Technology to learn more.

  • Can you explain why a Cognitive Health Assessment™ may be deemed reasonable and necessary?

    Today, healthcare practitioners rely on subjective measurements (e.g., Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)) to assess cognitive function. Ultimately, subjective methods are not suitable in measuring a patient’s cognitive function at the neurophysiological level. The Cognitive Health Assessment™ removes the subjectivity involved in assessing cognitive function. It accurately confirms whether or not the patient has cognitive function post injury, which functions are present, and to what extent these functions are performing. In sum, the results of the assessment help guide healthcare providers in determining the next course of action for a patient.

    VoxNeuro scores multiple core cognitive functions to support:

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

    VoxNeuro’s electroencephalography (EEG) protocol and medical software analyze and compare a patient’s event-related potentials (ERPs) from the electrical activity of their brain to VoxNeuro’s normative database to determine cognitive function scores in memory, information processing, attention & concentration. These healthy cognitive functions are imperative to your overall well-being and quality of life.

    For healthcare providers, VoxNeuro helps to elevate the evaluation of cognitive function with rapid, objective and actionable data.

    VoxNeuro complements clinical protocols to track cognitive health over time, provide valuable data to the diagnostic process, and help inform customized treatment strategies.

    When treatment is undertaken, repeat assessments track changes in a patient’s cognitive scores to monitor their progress and validate the efficacy of treatment, helping healthcare providers to maximize patient outcomes and expedite recovery timelines.

  • Personal Injury Lawyers

  • Refer a client for a Cognitive Health Assessment™:
    • Visit our Locations page to find a Test Centre
    • Contact a Test Center directly to book an appointment
    • You will receive the Cognitive Health Assessment™ report in 2 business days 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 one through the Test Center to obtain their medical opinion. Choose what works for you and your practice.
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