Study: Telestroke Care Saves Costs, Improves Clinical Outcomes | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Study: Telestroke Care Saves Costs, Improves Clinical Outcomes

January 17, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints
The Telestroke Program at Mayo Clinic Credit: Mayo Clinic

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have determined that telestroke care is cost-effective , with the use of more clot-busting drugs, more catheter based interventional procedures, and other stroke therapies, ultimately leading to more patients being discharged at home independently.

The Mayo Clinic researchers look at a particular kind of telestroke care, with the healthcare provider acting as a hub that connects with a network of multiple hospitals, or spokes. They determined that when a telestroke system connects a hub with seven spokes it's effective and cost-friendly for the patient.

They made this conclusion by comparing a telestroke network patient to a rurally located patient receiving routine stroke care at a community hospital. Over a lifetime, the patient gained 0.02 quality-adjusted life-years and saved $1,436 in costs. The cost-savings come down reduced use of resources such as inpatient rehabilitation, nursing homes, caregiver time.

"This study shows that a hub-and-spoke telestroke network is not only cost-effective from the societal perspective, but it's cost-saving,” Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., neurologist and direcor of the Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program, and the lead investigator of the telestroke cost effectiveness study, said in a statement. “We can assess medical services, like telemedicine, in terms of the net costs to society for each year of life gained."

In Arizona, Mayo Clinic's Telestroke program serves as the hub of a network of 13 spoke centers. Its conducted more than 4,000 emergency consultations for stroke between Mayo stroke neurologists and physicians at the spoke centers in Arizona since the program began in the state. The Mayo Telestroke program also has hubs in Florida, and Minnesota.

The study was conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic, Georgia Health Sciences University, Analysis Group and appears in the American Journal of Managed Care. This news from this study will be positive for the team at the Charlottesville, Va.-based University of Virginia Health System, which includes a 604-bed level I trauma center, which has begun to implement a pilot program that will equip local ambulances with a mobile telemedicine kit for the treatment of stroke patients.

Read the source article at Mayo Clinic News Network

Get the latest information on Health IT 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



Cumberland Consulting Buys LinkEHR, Provider of Epic Help Desk Services

Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and services firm, has acquired LinkEHR, which provides remote application support, including Epic help desk services.

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Social Determinants Data Expands to 500 Cities

A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most pressing health needs in their cities and communities.

Trump will Nominate Acting VA Secretary Wilkie for Permanent Position

Just a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner inked their $10 billion EHR (electronic health record) deal, President Trump said he would be nominating Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the permanent position.

ONC Names API Server Showdown Stage 2 Winner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named 1UpHealth as the Stage 2 winner of the “Secure API Server Showdown” challenge.

EHNAC Developing Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

To align with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a nonprofit standards development organization and accrediting body, is working with other organizations to establish a new Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program.

Lawmakers Demand New VA CIO, Citing “Malign Neglect” on EHR Project

A group of Democratic federal lawmakers, five senators and six members of Congress, are calling out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for what they call “malign neglect” in the agency’s efforts to achieve electronic health record (EHR) modernization.