- By Dana Sparks
Telemedicine for Stroke Care is Cost Effective
Telemedicine to deliver stroke care, also known as telestroke, appears to be cost effective for rural hospitals that don't have an around-the-clock neurologist, or stroke expert, on staff. Neurologist Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program says, "Previous studies have demonstrated that a hub-and-spoke telestroke network is cost-effective from the societal perspective - we can assess medical services, like telemedicine, in terms of the net costs to society for each year of life gained." Dr. Demaerschalk is co-author of the study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
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Sound bites from a previous interview with Dr. Demaerschalk discussing the use of smartphones to evaluate stroke patients are available in the downloads above.
Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Demaerschalk, Mayo Clinic Neurologist