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Time Is Brain...Managing Acute Stroke with Telemedicine

Within three minutes of a phone call from the Hilo Medical Center emergency department, the Queen's Neurointensivist will be examining the acute stroke patient and CT scan through a novel web-based teleconsultation service provided by Interactive Care Technologies.

The Hawaii Neuroscience Telehealth Network is a federally funded research program designed to measure how patients and professionals benefit from new telemedicine technology. When the patient develops an acute stroke from a blood clot in the brain, there is a precious three hour window in which to give a clot busting treatment called thrombolysis. Because many patients wait before coming to the emergency department, the emergency physicians have very little to time examine the patient, obtain a brain CT scan, and decide whether to treat with thrombolysis. And the decision is often tricky...Is it really a stroke?...Is the stroke big enough?...Could thrombolysis be too dangerous for this this patient?...Can thrombolysis be started early enough?

Because the Queen's Neurointensivist manage more acute strokes than any group in Hawaii, they can offer the most expert assistance to rural emergency departments within minutes using iCare Tech's wireless mobile telemedicine system. Quick action by Hilo physicians, partnering with the Hawaii Neuroscience Telehealth Network, will save lives and improve quality of life of acute stroke victims.

Our Mission

To provide immediate telemedicine consultation between emergency department physicians and neurointensivist stroke experts in order to save lives and improve quality of life for patients with acute stroke.

Contact Information

Neuro Consultation:               Neurointensivist, 1-877-762-0762

Administrative information:   Karen Seth, Project Manager, 1-808-585-5179, kseth@queens.org

Neuroscience Institute

The Queens Medical Center

1301 Punchbowl

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Technical Support:                 Interactive Care Technologies, 1-888-422-7370

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        Last modified: 10/09/08