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Ochsner Taps Telemedicine to Connect Stroke Patients

August 12, 2009
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Ochsner Health System, a seven-hospital network based in New Orleans, will utilize

Reach Call, Inc.’s (Augusta, Ga.) telestroke and telehealth service to improve stroke care in urban and rural areas throughout Louisiana by connecting neurologists with patients, according to the company.

The main campus, Ochsner Medical Center, will act as a hub, connecting to five community hospitals: Ochsner Baptist Medical Center (New Orleans), Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank (Gretna), Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital (Raceland) and Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner, it says.

Ochsner is also involved in an initiative to expand stroke care to other Louisiana hospitals. The Centers for Disease Control recently awarded a three-year grant to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program to build a telestroke network in collaboration with Ochsner Health System and the American Heart Association. Through the grant, the parties involved aim to develop a regional TeleStroke Network in southeastern Louisiana that will address the lack of access to stroke neurologists and availability of stroke treating hospitals in the state.

Ochsner Health System is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system that includes seven hospitals and more than 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.

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