The use of remote presence robots and cameras is a tremendous asset to any stroke system of care as it allows patients in ER’s in the rural as well as urban areas to reach neurovascular specialists for the rapid triage and management of patients with brain attacks. The emergency Tele-Stroke service would help emergency room physicians and neurologists in the decision making process for the use of intravenous thrombolysis using r-tpa as well as those patients with brain-attacks who would benefit from catheter-based minimally invasive interventional treatments for ischemic strokes (intra-arterial thrombolysis and clot-retrieval devices) and hemorrhagic strokes (brain aneurysm coiling and brain AVM embolization). Texas Stroke Institute is working with InTouch Technologies Inc., (Santa Barbara, CA) to develop Tele-Stroke in this region.
Anita Guthmann, RN, BS
Director of Research and Technology
The Texas Stroke Institute is a collaborative initiative that includes eleven North Texas HCA hospitals. Our goal is to develop an effective and resource-efficient plan to reduce the morbidity, mortality and economic burden of stroke in the region. Incorporating medical education and participating in research will establish us as a National Center of Excellence in Stroke.