Date Added: 19/04/2006
Date Updated: 02/12/2009
Telemedicine for the implementation of stroke therapy.
Specialties: Neurology & neurosurgery
Technology Type: Programmes - Setting
Stage of development: Other
Stage of EAA: Assessment Complete
The aim of this program is to provide an appropriate thrombolytic therapy to stroke patients within the short therapeutic time frame for these drugs to be effective.
Telemedicine has been designed to make available a means of emergency patient evaluation which can be utilised to provide specialised stroke treatment to patients in rural and remote areas. Telemedicine employs the use of an interactive two-way audio-video system between hospitals without on-site stroke expertise and a stroke specialist. Patient assessment - history, neurologic examination and computed tomography of the head, are all able to be reviewed by the stroke specialist using telemedicine, who is able to guide the local physician throughout the process including administration of treatments such as tPA. The primary benefit of telemedicine for acute stroke is the provision of speciality resources not available in regional hospitals in a timely manner.