Even though your hospital may be located hundreds of miles away, University of Utah Health's TeleStroke program provides around-the-clock, acute stroke expertise. Within minutes, our stroke neurologists can help diagnose a patient's neurological problem and recommend an immediate plan of care that is most often fulfilled in your own hospital
Depending on the needs of your hospital and patients, U of U Health's TeleStroke program also provides your hospital with bedside follow-up and stroke follow-up appointments, all from our specialty-trained stroke physicians.
How Does TeleStroke Improve Patients' Lives?
TeleStroke allows your hospital to offer immediate evaluation for a possible stroke 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With your emergency room physicians as the primary source of care, U of U Hospital's TeleStroke physicians can help develop a treatment plan for the stroke or stroke-mimic patient, including the administration of TPA, if indicated.
The TeleStroke process consists of 3 components
- Neurologic examination through video conferencing
- Brain imaging review
- Collaboration between your physicians and our stroke neurologists for proper diagnosis and treatment
Hospitals joining our TeleStroke system simply need an IP connection for videoconferencing, high-speed Internet access, and brain image transfer capability. Technical equipment needed to support the program is commercially available, if not already installed at your hospital. As you implement TeleStroke at your hospital, a program support fee covers the cost of hands-on training, as well as on-call and consultation services, from our stroke physicians and TeleStroke staff.