Telemedicine: “Virtual help at hospital can be brain-saver for stroke victims”

From QCOnline:

“Time is brain” when it comes to identifying and treating stroke symptoms, according to Dr. Rochelle Sweis, a neurologist and the director of telestroke at the Loyola University Medical Center.

In January, an InTouch Lite Robot called S.A.M. — short for Save A Memory — began being used by UnityPoint Health-Trinity to connect stroke patients with neurology specialists through Loyola’s Virtual Medicine program to quickly assess patients and begin treatment.

This technology lets Loyola neurologists specializing in stroke treatment visually examine patients in Trinity’s emergency rooms through a two-way video and audio link. This will allow for a rapid response and diagnosis time, which will help save brain tissue, according to Ms. Sweis.

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