According to the American Heart Association, examining stroke patients via videoconferencing (telemedicine) is as effective as a bedside exam and can increase patient access to stroke specialists.
Stroke patients require rapid assessment in order to determine if they're eligible for time-sensitive treatments such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which can save brain function and reduce stroke-related disability and death.
The TriStar Health System has installed telemedicine equipment at (5) hospitals: Centennial Medical Center, Skyline Medical Center, Southern Hills Medical Center, Stonecrest Medical Center and Horizon Medical Center, creating the largest telemedicine network in Middle Tennessee. This technology will expand to all TriStar facilities by this fall.
Here’s a look at how telemedicine and some of the GREAT work throughout the Division has made recent headlines: