(August 22, 2011) - A new telestroke program at Memorial
University Medical Center (MUMC) is providing life-saving stroke
assistance in rural regions of Georgia. Utilizing real-time audio
and video conferencing, neurologists at MUMC can assess a patient
and communicate treatment plans with doctors in regions that do not
have a neurologist available.
The telestroke platform was developed in collaboration with
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. (GPT) and Second Opinion
Telemedicine Solutions. Memorial University Medical Center is the
first partner in the GPT network to use the program. Currently,
MUMC is working with Jeff Davis Hospital in Hazlehurst and Bacon
County Hospital in Alma.
"Access to telemedicine services is especially important in
stroke because time lost is brain lost," said Joel Greenberg, M.D.,
co-medical director of Memorial Stroke and one of the developers of
the telestroke platform. "Patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS)
require immediate attention and stroke expertise; services rarely
offered in smaller community hospitals. Through the use of audio
and video, telestroke essentially adds a neurologist to the rapid
response teams of underserved regions, providing better stroke care
for the local community."
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the
third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of
adult disability. Approximately 795,000 strokes occur in the U.S.
each year, resulting in medical and disability costs of almost $74
HealthGrades ranked Memorial University Medical Center No. 1 in
Georgia and among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the U.S. for
stroke treatment. The stroke program at MUMC holds The Joint
Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care. And, MUMC was
the first hospital in Georgia and one of the first five in the
nation to receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award form the
American Heart Association /American Stroke Association.
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. is the leading agency
in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through
innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health
information exchange, and telehealth.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
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