January 26, 2023
Saving Lives with Telestroke Technology
Telestroke technology is a form of telemedicine, where stroke specialists provide real-time consultations and guidance to bedside providers who are managing stroke patients in a hospital or medical center that does not have stroke specialists on site, using telemedicine technology. The technology enables ER physicians or other emergency department personnel to have near-instant access to the expertise they need to arrive at the correct diagnosis, make appropriate critical decisions, and provide timely treatment.
This can lead to prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment, which translates to a much greater chance of full recovery for patients. However, the implementation of a telestroke system also poses challenges such as reimbursement, licensing, infrastructure, and buy-in and training. Despite the challenges, telestroke technology has the potential to save lives and improve patient recovery from strokes.