Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications


Roxborough Memorial Hospital Introduces Ceribell Rapid Response EEG for Care of Neurologic Patients

Philadelphia, PA (September 16, 2021) – Roxborough Memorial Hospital has introduced a new Ceribell Rapid Response EEG monitoring device to ensure optimal care is provided for critically ill patients.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital will use this breakthrough technology to detect and diagnose non-convulsive seizure activity in critically ill patients to ensure they receive optimal treatment as quickly as possible. The Ceribell Rapid Response EEG allows staff to detect Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus within minutes of suspicion of seizure and stroke.

The Rapid EEG is the first of its kind and provides a brain vital sign for patients at risk of harmful brain patterns that have no outward clinical signs and can only be diagnosed using electroencephalography (EEG). Using the new system, Roxborough Memorial Hospital clinicians will now have immediate access to EEG information for triaging at-risk patients in just five minutes and for ongoing automatic monitoring and immediate feedback on treatment effectiveness. The Ceribell Rapid Response EEG is comprised of a headband with integrated electrodes, a pocket-sized recorder with intuitive software and an online portal for remote viewing. To ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment, the Ceribell Rapid Response EEG has a cloud-linked, portable electroencephalogram (EEG) device to enable EEG assessments within minutes.

“Ceribell founders saw that critically ill patients often experience undiagnosed non-convulsive seizures as a result of lack of access to EEG. Some suffered major neurological deficits, while others simply didn’t make it. It is our mission to ensure no patients suffer unnecessary brain injury as a result of not having prompt EEG. We are excited to see visionary pioneer health care practitioners at Roxborough Memorial Hospital adopting the technology and transforming their EEG capability,” said Jane Chao, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Ceribell. Compared to conventional EEGs, the device is also easy to disinfect. At just a bit larger than a cellphone, it can be placed in a biohazard bag or disinfected with a sanitizing wipe. The headband worn by the patient is disposable.

“We are excited to bring this breakthrough technology to our community to deliver superior care,” said Dr. Patrick Lenahen, chief medical officer of Roxborough Memorial Hospital. “Early detection and treatment of seizures is imperative for better patient outcomes. With this new state-of-the-art equipment providing precise and accurate information, the care team will be able to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for their patients in a timely manner.”

Seizures are common in critically ill patients. Ninety percent of these seizures are non-convulsive, showing no outward signs, and can only be detected using EEG. Prolonged seizures of this type lead to permanent brain injury, higher risk of morbidity and mortality, and longer hospital stay. As a result, guidelines from the Neurocritical Care Society recommend EEG should be initiated within 15-60 minutes of suspected status epilepticus. In addition, the American Heart Association in 2020 published guidelines that require EEG to be promptly performed and interpreted for the diagnosis of seizures in all comatose patients post cardiac arrest. However, meeting this guideline has proven difficult due to limitations of conventional EEG systems.

Without Rapid Response EEG, even top academic centers with 24/7 EEG capability experience a four-hour wait time for conventional equipment, making it difficult to identify which patients are experiencing harmful brain patterns. When relying on clinical judgement alone while waiting for these complex EEG systems, diagnostic accuracy has been shown to be only slightly better than chance (65%).

The Ceribell Rapid Response EEG system was developed to address limitations in EEG acquisition and interpretation so patients at risk of seizure can be triaged more quickly.

With the Brain Stethoscope and Clarity features, clinicians with no prior background in EEG can triage seizure in minutes. Clinicians using the Brain Stethoscope tool to spot check the EEG were able to identify seizure with remarkable accuracy (96% sensitivity). The Clarity feature, which provides 24/7 EEG monitoring and instantaneous alert for brain patterns consistent with status epilepticus, enabled rapid identification of new seizure and allows real-time feedback to assess anti-seizure treatment effectiveness. Using the Ceribell system, physicians can review EEG data, assess response to treatment and optimize care, all in real-time.

“We are excited to be able to bring this groundbreaking technology to Roxborough Memorial Hospital and to our community for better patient care,” added Burt Piper, chief executive office of Roxborough Memorial Hospital.

Without the use of Ceribell Rapid Response EEGs and the Hospital’s collaboration with their neurologists, the Hospital would have been forced to transfer the patient unnecessarily to another institution.

About Roxborough Memorial Hospital- Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a 131-bed community hospital. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities for more than a century, having first opened its doors in 1890. Roxborough Memorial Hospitals School of Nursing has been educating nurses since 1898. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Roxborough Memorial Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County. About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit