Your Healthy Family: Telemedicine
Specialists are able to offer care to patients from a remote location, providing better and faster care. And for people having a stroke, every minute counts.
Published: July 25, 2014
Dr. William Jones is a neurologist at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, but he's helping a "mock patient" in Colorado Springs - the new "Tele-stroke" project.
"They have access to specialist care remotely, without having to travel and readily available to them, so the best care possible as close to home as possible," said Dr. Jones.
Through logging onto a website that connects to the camera, they're able to talk with the patient, look up medical records, plus:
"They have stethoscopes that can be attached to them so we can listen to heart and lungs," added Dr. Jones.
At Memorial Hospital, nurse Stephanie Schlenger is physically present to help with the examination. She's the stroke program coordinator.
"Strokes don't hurt, so people don't think about it as much, where if you're having a heart attack - you're going to have chest pain, it you're having trauma and something's bleeding...obviously you're going to get it fixed right away," Schlenger said.