FOX 59 has an interesting piece on what IU Health is doing to treat stroke patients. It’s a twist on telehealth as we know it:
The IU Health Stroke Telemedicine program uses high resolution video and smartphone technology to provide more than a dozen hospitals with access to stroke specialists. Dr. Jason Mackey, an assistant professor of neurology at Indiana University, says physicians in rural areas can contact a specialist immediately and get assistance.
“Telemedicine is important in our world because there are so few of us and so many strokes, and not everybody has a stroke in a big city,” says Dr. Mackey.
Being able to have instant access to specialized help is especially essential for stroke victims. After suffering a stroke, says Dr. Mackey, about two million brain cells die every minute that someone goes without treatment. With telemedicine, specialists like Dr. Mackey can now provide instant feedback to multiple patients.
“With a stroke specialist on call, we are able to cover multiple hospitals at one time. So we don’t have to travel to various hospitals; rather that information comes directly to us.”