Stroke Tele-Consultation Service
The MRTC in cooperation with Michael Jacoby, M.D. and the Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic are developing a stroke tele-consultation service to be offered to all MRTC member facilities and their primary care providers.
Recent developments in the care of some patients have significantly improved the chances for minimal impairment and maximum recovery from strokes. These developments relate to the use of thrombolytic agents to reverse the effects of ischemic strokes. But the use of these agents is not without risk and the key to optimizing outcomes is to properly diagnose the type of stroke and then initiate treatment quickly within two hours. A lot of thesis are there on this topic https://exclusivethesis.com/
Diagnosing ischemic stroke is largely dependent upon the use of a sophistocated radiological imaging technology known as computerized tomography, or CT. Many smaller hospitals now have CT machines, but they may not have physicians always available to read the studies and thereby determine if a patient is a candidate for treatment with thrombolytic agents. Even though the imaging test can be done locally the delay required to get the films read may delay the patients care beyond the window of opportunity for the newest thrombolytic therapies. Thats where telemedicine can provide value to the patient care process.
The MRTC is deploying a state-of-the-art two-way interactive compressed video system in the Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic. Dr. Jacoby and his colleagues will be able to quickly connect with a rural provider seeking consultation on the management of a stroke patient, interpret a CT scan on the patient, and provide prompt and timely consultative advice on the use of thrombolytics or other appropriate courses of treatment for rural stroke patients. This service will only be available initially during regular business hours. Eventually additional technologies will be implemented to extend the imaging capabilities to neurologists homes and resultantly allow stroke consultations on a 7x24 basis.
More on this new program as it develops.