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‘Telemedicine’ Improves Stroke Care: Study

Monday, 10 Dec 2012 11:40 AM


Mayo Clinic researchers have found using "telemedicine" to treat stroke patients — known as telestroke care — can improve the quality of care and is less costly than traditional doctor visits, particularly in rural areas that may not have a hospital with a specialist available 24 hours a day.
The study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, is the latest to show the benefits of telestroke care — allowing patients to be examined in real time by a neurology specialist who consults via computer with an emergency room physician in a nearby hospital.
"Previous studies have demonstrated that a hub-and-spoke telestroke network is cost-effective from the societal perspective — we can assess medical services, like telemedicine, in terms of the net costs to society for each year of life gained," said Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program who helped conduct the new research. "However, to date the costs and benefits from the perspectives of network hospitals have not been formally estimated."
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The Circulation study found patients participating in a telestroke system used more clot-busting drugs, procedures, and other stroke therapies than otherwise would have been possible. More stroke patients were also discharged from hospitals and were able to live at home independently, yet still maintain quality care.
The findings are based on an analysis of patient records from the Mayo Clinic and the Georgia Health Sciences University telestroke networks.




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