Friday, May 1, 2009

Telemedicine in Neurology

I have been attending the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Seattle. While there have been many outstanding presentations at this meeting one particularly caught my attention.

Drs. Steven Levine and Steven Rudolph gave a course on telemedicine and its' implications on successful stroke therapy. Telemedicine encompasses the use of technology to perform remote medicial evaluations. They can be done simply by using a telephone or one of several audio/video technologies allowing real-time interaction with a patient and medical professional.

Telemedicine extends highly specialized medical evaluations to remote areas of the world. Acute stroke therapy now requires rapid consultation and treatment. Based on their presentation I am sure this breakthrough will soon become common in emergency departments nationwide for a variety of emergent treatments.

What do you think about this innovative means of care?