Illinois Medical Centers Team Up for Telestroke | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Illinois Medical Centers Team Up for Telestroke

November 4, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

The Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola Medicine and Palos Community Hospital, also in Illinois, have launched a telemedicine program that allows specialists in Maywood to assist Palos physicians with stroke care.

Loyola neurologists who specialize in stroke care will be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working in close collaboration with Palos physicians and nurses, Loyola’s stroke specialists will use a telemedicine robot to conduct patient exams remotely, in real time, according to officials.

The robot is equipped with a microphone and a full-color, high-definition camera. The robot instantly transmits electronic medical records (EMRs), lab results and images such as CT scans over a secure, high-speed internet connection, officials say. Working from the remote location, the Loyola neurologist can see, hear and talk to the patient and the patient's family, doctors and nurses. In certain complex cases, the Loyola neurologist will recommend the patient be transferred to Loyola for surgery or other advanced care that is not available at a community hospital.

Palos is one of five community hospitals now participating in Loyola’s telestroke network. The program was created by physician experts who have years of experience in direct bedside applications of telemedicine technology, according to officials.

“Our goal is to help our patients, in the community and close to home, making it ultimately easier for patients to receive university-level care here at Palos,” Craig Adams, M.D., director of Hospital Medicine at Palos Community Hospital, said in a statement. “When a patient requires highly specialized stroke care, such as neurosurgery, our relationship with Loyola will provide access in a timely and efficient manner.”

Get the latest information on Medical Imaging and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

AMIA Warns of Tax Bill’s Impact on Graduate School Programs in Informatics

Provisions in the Republican tax bill that would count graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income would have detrimental impacts on the viability of fields such as informatics, according to the American Medical Informatics Association.

Appalachia Project to Study Relationship Between Increased Broadband Access, Improved Cancer Care

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Cancer Institute have joined forces to focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.

Survey: By 2019, 60% of Medicare Revenues will be Tied to Risk

Medical groups and health systems that are members of AMGA (the American Medical Group Association) expect that nearly 60 percent of their revenues from Medicare will be from risk-based products by 2019, according to the results from a recent survey.

83% of Physicians Have Experienced a Cyber Attack, Survey Finds

Eighty-three percent of physicians in a recent survey said that they have experienced some sort of cyber attack, such as phishing and viruses.

Community Data Sharing: Eight Recommendations From San Diego

A learning guide focuses on San Diego’s experience in building a community health information exchange and the realities of embarking on a broad community collaboration to achieve better data sharing.

HealthlinkNY’s Galanis to Step Down as CEO

Christina Galanis, who has served as president and CEO of HealthlinkNY for the past 13 years, will leave her position at the end of the year.