So you’ve finally landed that remote EEG monitoring gig you always wanted…. Now you get to work in your PJs and roll out of bed without worrying about a commute, you have tons of EEG experience under your belt and your pattern recognition is stellar so this will be a walk in the park, right?
So what does it take?
In order to excel in the field of remote EEG monitoring you need fundamental knowledge of EEG technology including the basic principles of EEG, technical knowledge of EEG software, pattern recognition, and artifact recognition. Excellent communication skills are essential to communicate effectively with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide accurate and timely information on EEG findings for prompt patient care. Remote EEG monitoring technologists also need to be detailed oriented and meticulous as they scan EEG recordings for abnormalities, artifacts, and events. Analytical and critical thinking skills are essential to understand and interpret the EEG recordings correctly. The technologist will be responsible for accurately distinguishing between normal and abnormal characteristics based on age, medications, and current condition of a patient, sometimes with limited medical information on the patient. In addition a technologist would also have a solid basis of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to accurately relay appropriate information in a timely manner. A technologist must have the ability to work independently and efficiently with little to no supervision and have excellent time management skills to effectively follow through on expectations and deliver quality work. Most importantly technologists need to have basic computer skills. A basic knowledge of hardware and software is essential to success. A remote technologist should have a solid understanding of telemedicine and remote desktop sharing software and how the connections work. The technologist working remotely cannot count on a team member to be able to effectively help them with their computer issues in a remote environment. In addition to all of the above a good internet connection is required as well.
If you are thinking of becoming a remote EEG technologist you should ask yourself if you are up for the challenge and if you have all the skills required to work remotely. Remote EEG technology is growing fast and there is always time to brush up on your IT skills, organizational skills, and analytical skills to join the new growing remote EEG workforce!