The purpose of this study was to determine the relative cost
reductions within different staffing models for continuous video-electroencephalography (cvEEG) service by introducing a template system for 10/20 lead application.
We compared six staffing models using decision tree modeling based on historical service line utilization data from the cvEEG service at our center. Templates were integrated into technologist-based service lines in six different ways. The six models studied were templates for all studies, templates for intensive care unit (ICU) studies, templates for on-call studies, templates for studies of ≤24-hour duration, technologists for on-call studies, and technologists for all studies.
was linearly related to the study volume for all models with the “templates for all” model incurring the lowest cost
. The “technologists for all” model carried the greatest cost
. Direct cost
comparison shows that any introduction of templates results in cost
savings, with the templates being used for patients located in the ICU being the second most cost
efficient and the most practical of the combined models to implement. Cost
difference between the highest and lowest cost
models under the base case produced an annual estimated savings of $267,574. Implementation of the ICU template model at our institution under base case conditions would result in a $205,230 savings over our current “technologist for all” model.
Any implementation of templates into a technologist-based cvEEG service line results in cost
savings, with the most significant annual savings coming from using the templates for all studies, but the most practical implementation approach with the second highest cost
reduction being the template used in the ICU. The lowered costs determined in this work suggest that a template-based cvEEG service could be supported at smaller centers with significantly reduced costs and could allow for broader use of cvEEG patient monitoring.