St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland recently launched a new stroke telemedicine program that gives patients and emergency room physicians access to the expertise of an on-call neurologist. Director of Community Relations Randy Schorfheide told WGEL the new technology was already used on a few occasions last week.
“We’re partnering up with a neurology specialty physical group called C30 Telemedicine, and these neurologists are at remote sites and their double board certified in neurology and neuro-critical care, so it’s not a robot per se but what it is—it’s an interactive computer screen that provides real time audio and video, where the neurologist is in their office in another part of the country,” Schorfheide told WGEL. “And they’re able to interact with our ER physicians and the patients here at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, especially with those patients that are suffering stroke symptoms.”
Schorfheide said the stroke telemedicine technology allows physicians, nurses and patients to interact with specialists in real time through a mobile video conferencing unit placed at the patient’s bedside.