February 19–21, 2020
Session: “Widening the Lens of Telestroke: From the ED Across the Stroke Continuum,” Thursday, February 20, 2020
Jennifer Majersik, MD: Physician at the University of Utah – Expansion of Telestroke Networks
Matthew Koenig, MD: Physician at Queens Medical Center – Tele-ICU
Steven Cramer, MD: UCLA, University of California Irvine – Tele-rehabilitation
Christine Holmstedt, DO: Medical University of South Carolina – Outpatient Telestroke Follow-up
Stephanie Lyden, MD, BS
This talk provided multiple examples of varied practice settings that use telemedicine to provide patient care. The talk started with Dr. Jennifer Majersik discussing the Expansion of Telestroke Networks. She initially explained the process of consulting a neurologist via telestroke. This is often being utilized by community hospitals that do not have a local neurologist to consult. She explained that there are different levels of acuity (hyper-acute with telestroke vs acute with emergent teleneurology vs non-urgent with scheduled teleneurology) within teleneurology consults. She noted that with a telestroke consult, the main questions addressed include whether the patient is eligible for tPA or thrombectomy, both of which are time sensitive, and the goal of these consults is for them to be completed within 10-30 minutes.