UCHealth is partnering with EnlitenAI to monitor patients with drug-resistant epilepsy at home

Oct. 18, 2022
man holding his smartphone up to show how it works with the drug-resistant epilepsy study.
UCHealth neurologist Sean Pauzauskie shows the data neurologists will see in a drug-resistant epilepsy study evaluating how the EnlitenAI cloud-based platform can be used with artificial intelligence to help neurologists create patient-specific seizure management plans for timely intervention. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

UCHealth and EnlitenAI have been awarded an Advanced Industries grant from the State of Colorado to study the applicability of a cloud platform for personalized management of seizures in epileptic patients, especially those with drug-resistant epilepsy.

A team of researchers and clinicians at UCHealth will lead efforts for the proof-of-concept study. The study will evaluate how the seamless accessibility of data from EnlitenAI’s cloud-based platform can be used in conjunction with its artificial intelligence engine to enable neurologists to create patient-specific seizure management plans for timely intervention.

Many of these patients have a history of unpredictable seizures despite being on multiple anti-seizure medications. Effective management of seizures requires more frequent monitoring of the progression of each patient’s neurological condition and a better visibility of how each patient responds to the specific combination of medications, according to Dr. Gary Luckasen, UCHealth’s medical director of research in northern Colorado.

“I am intrigued by the ability to create patient-specific treatment plans using data-driven guidance for drug titration,” said Dr. Sean Pauzauskie, a neurologist at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. “To date, drug titration efforts have primarily relied on a trial-and-error-based approach, which can take quite a long time. The sooner we can get the patient on the correct medication, the better it will be for the patient and their caregivers. We hope this observational study will help us get to that perfect match sooner.”

The drug-resistant epilepsy study

The EnlitenAI platform, called Neuroliten, monitors and records patients’ vital signs and other neurological indicators through the use of wearables, such as wrist devices and EEG headsets. Caregivers also provide valuable information about the patients’ condition, observed side effects and all details associated with seizure events. Neuroliten’s AI engine generates valuable insights from the history of all seizure events using the data collected from devices and caregivers. Through this technology, physicians will get valuable information about the seizures, any likely triggers or side effects, which can help build patient-specific treatment plans.

“This partnership will enable UCHealth to gather clinical evidence from their patients in real-world scenarios,” said Dr. Himanshu Misra, CEO and co-founder of EnlitenAI. “We intend to use this information to further refine the functionalities of Neuroliten, allowing for broad application of this program by neurologists when treating patients with epilepsy.”

EnlitenAI is a digital health startup that is in a cohort of the Innosphere Ventures’ nonprofit accelerator program aimed at using science and technology to improve health care delivery.

“We are excited to introduce Neuroliten to help patients who are struggling with epilepsy,” said Mike Freeman, CEO of Innosphere Ventures. “Innovative technologies such as this allows physicians to more rapidly treat chronic conditions is a big part of why we exist. We are grateful to the State of Colorado for the grant.”

Public-private partnerships are often at the forefront of cutting-edge advances in technology, and proof-of-concept grants are designed to help Colorado research institutions and their private partners speed up applied research, according to Rama Haris, senior manager of Advanced Industries at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. “The project being undertaken by UCHealth and EnlitenAI has the potential to transform the way seizures and drug-resistant epilepsy are managed. We’re excited to see what they accomplish with this funding and how their work helps transform the healthtech industry as a whole.”

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.