This system was designed with patients in mind. By using both the technology of the iPhone App and the online Patient Portal, it is easy for patients to document and view recordings for any vertiginous event.
When a patient is experiencing an acute episode of dizziness, they will be able to use the Vertigo Recording Goggles (VRG) to obtain recordings of their eye movements in the four proper Dix-Hallpike testing positions. The DizzyDoctor app will guide the patient with voice commands while using the smart phone’s internal gyroscope to verify that the patient is in the correct recording position. The DizzyDoctor App, with use of the Vertigo Recording Goggles, also uses the smart phone’s camera to accurately record the patient’s pupil and iris movement patterns during head positioning protocols. After all four testing positions have been performed, the DizzyDoctor App will notify the patient that testing is complete and the recording session will end.
It is very important for a physician to review these recordings so that a correct diagnosis can be made. The DizzyDoctor System is a unique innovation that connects patients and physicians to further aid in a patient’s medical care. For a physician to make an accurate diagnosis, they need to see a patient’s eye movements at the time a patient is symptomatic. As many patients experience episodes of dizziness when they are not in a clinic or hospital, the Vertigo Recording Goggle and DizzyDoctor App allow a patient to obtain real time data that can be viewed by a physician at a later time. It is important that the Physician is comfortable that the eye movement recordings were collected properly. The DizzyDoctor system ensures this utilizing voice commands, internal gyroscopic positioning verification and head stability data collection during the recording session. Patients may either be instructed by their physician as to when to use their VRGs or they may use them at their own discretion when symptomatic.
To get started, the patient first needs to purchase a pair of Vertigo Recording Goggles and download the DizzyDoctor App in the Apple Store. They will then create a patient account on the DizzyDoctor website (www.dizzydoctor.com). Physicians also create an account so that they can have access to their patient’s videos through the physician portal. Every time a patient obtains a recording during an episode of dizziness, the video is automatically uploaded into the patient’s account on the DizzyDoctor website. This video is then locked from viewing until a small fee is paid. The patient simply has to log on to their patient portal account and pay the small fee to unlock their videos. Once unlocked, each video remains stored in the patient portal for viewing at any time either by the patient or the patient’s chosen health care provider.
To aid in the diagnostic process, a patient may present to their physician’s office after an episode of dizziness to directly review their VRG eye movement recordings with their physician. The physician may access the patient’s videos by logging into their physician portal and then looking up a patient by entering the patient’s username and password as provided real-time by the patient. The physician and patient can then review each eye movement recording together. By using both the patient’s history, symptom description, other vestibular and audiometric tests, and the real-time DizzyDoctor system eye movement recordings, the physician will be able to make a more accurate diagnosis and further recommendations for an optimal treatment plan.