Clinicians and their clients choose home use for several reasons. Location and scheduling play a key role, but other factors like convenience, financial concerns, disabilities, the type of training, and the preferences of the clinician and client all influence this decision.

Because of the freedom EEGer permits its users, clinicians can approach home use in the way that best fits the needs of their practice and clients. There is no right or wrong way to do home use, and we work to make home use convenient and approachable for both clinicians and their clients. Generally, we have seen clinicians approach home use in two main ways, hands-on or hands-off.

Some clinicians prefer a hands-off approach. In this method, the clinician sends instructions to their home-user and makes adjustments based on the data they receive back (without the clinician being directly involved during the session). This eliminates possible schedule conflicts and allows more freedom in the type and number of sessions which can be run by the home-user. 

Other clinicians choose to take a more hands-on approach, remotely connecting with the home-user to provide guidance and instruction in real-time. This is similar to traditional neurofeedback sessions, but without needing to travel to the clinician’s office if this is difficult or not possible.

Whether providing hands-on or hands-off training, third-party programs can be used alongside EEGer to make communicating and connecting with home-users easier and more convenient. These include screen sharing, remote connection, and file transfering programs. We include a list of these services below, based on information we have received from clinicians who use home use with EEGer.

Please note that we are not partnered or sponsored by these services. Any program listed in this section may change or become unavailable over time. Conflicts may also arise with EEGer depending on hardware configurations and how these third-party programs are used. We cannot provide support for technical issues or errors related to these third-party programs, even if these programs are being used to facilitate the home use process.

Screen Sharing & Remote Connection Services

Parsec Gaming - Low-latency remote connection services designed for use with modern gaming, meaning low impact on computer resources and real-time keyboard and mouse control between computers. If the home-user hosts, the clinician can use their keyboard and mouse in real-time while EEGer is running a live session.
Teamviewer - Mainstream remote connection software which allows for remote control and integrated text and voice chat. Capable of quick file transfers between computers and initiating remote commands between machines (shut down, restart, etc.).

Zoom - Popular online meeting platform that allows remote connection by adjusting default settings - many may already be familiar with Zoom and find it easy to use due to this familiarity.

GoToMeeting - Traditional meeting software which allows for camera and microphone use, as well as screen sharing. Does not allow for keyboard sharing or remote connections, but is used by many clinicians in the EEGer community for purposes outside of home use.

Skype - Video conferencing software with instant messaging capabilities. Allows for screen sharing but does not have remote connection capabilities. Many people are familiar with this service and may already have it installed on their computers.

Google Hangouts - Similar to Skype, but primarily a web-based conferencing service offered by Google. Does not support remote connections but does allow for screen sharing. This is another program people may already be familiar with and have available.

FaceTime - A video conferencing software available for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. While not used for screen sharing or remote connections, it can be helpful for home-users who are familiar with the program or do not have easy access to the internet on their computer.

File Sharing Services

These are useful as an alternative to email for transferring home use files to and from the home-user. For the purposes of EEGer, the vast majority of these services should work interchangeably for this purpose. It is recommended to use a familiar service to make transferring files as easy as possible.

As EEGer uses file types specific to the software, some services which block transfers of these files. Programs may flag these files as harmful or malicious. This is likely because the files are in a format that the service does not recognize. Email clients can report these warnings for the same reason. If this occurs, alternative services for transferring files can be used to avoid these problems.

Please consider that home use files can contain confidential client information. If this is a concern to the supervising clinician or home-user, we recommend finding a service which places an emphasis on privacy and ensures transfers between users are private and secure.

Some file sharing services clinicians have used alongside EEGer include Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Mediafire, Mega, and Amazon Cloud.

 

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