“Oftentimes when patients bring in seizure diaries, we look at them, but we don’t have time to visualize them when they’re just written in a table format. Using electronic diaries can help in a sense that we can track things over time, and it’s also a more centralized way to communicate between providers.”

At the 2019 International Epilepsy Congress, June 22-26, in Bangkok, Thailand, Sharon Chiang, MD, PhD, resident physician, neurology, University of California San Francisco, gave a presentation highlighting the importance of seizure diaries and how they can help physicians and epileptologists better understand the seizure risk of an individual patient at a given time.

When sitting down with NeurologyLive®, Chiang furthermore shared how the use of electronic seizure diaries can be just as useful, and with recent improvements in epileptic detection technology, often make the process simpler for patients. As well, the use of electronic diaries and integrated tech allows for a more cohesive view of a patient’s seizure frequency and rhythmicity, which in turn can help address some of the challenges faced by physicians with little time and lots of data.

Additionally, Chiang shared her insight into how these methods can also improve the communication of data between providers in the instances when patients with epilepsy present to the emergency room or have a visit with their primary care physician.

For more coverage of IEC 2019, click here.

REFERENCE
Chiang S. Hidden in plain sight: revealing seizure risk with seizure diaries. Presented at: 2019 International Epilepsy Congress. June 22-26, 2019; Bangkok, Thailand.