BrainsView started out as a software company. Vera spent time with families of people who had suffered brain injuries, families are looking for answers, that just could not be provided. The only answer they had was “wait and see”.
While watching a show on fractal geometry, drew a correlation between the heart producing an electrical signal, so why not the brain. They decided to start the research. Within those waves there is information.
The pathway to change care, is very long and very expensive. There is safety concerns, to ensure that decisions based on the data will be correct. It must be approved by Health Canada and the FDA – this is lengthy and costly. You want to ensure it is safe and will do what it says it will do if you are using it on human beings.
You have to believe in your product, put in the blood, sweat and tears. The money will follow. Time and passion has gone into the prototype. A patient study is the next step.
What we consider mental health – it is all brain – if the brain is malfunctioning it can cause all different results. When you put a number to something, it gives it legitimacy. Using this technology to quantify what is mental illness, then you can treat it better. Without the tools to look at the frequencies of the brain, things are easily missed.
The device is a headset with electrodes, with bluetooth capabilities, the software has to be paired with something will acquire the brain signals, it then puts out an index. Future abilities may include a phone app. This can be of value to remote communities, the information can be sent electronically to the larger medical community for analysis. Technology has made this viable. Having the right technology to read the data is integral.
At the heart of the brain is 2 nerve cells, they fire to each other – I fire, I receive. The idea that we can multi-task is a myth. If you are engaged in one thing, you are working on that one thing. Daydreaming allows us to relax our brain.