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TeleStroke Program Overcomes Geographical Barriers to Provide Cutting-Edge Neurological Care


Map of Pennsylvania depicting Telestroke Program Regional Partners with a barchart display of the number partnerships from years 2013 to 2016.LionNet
, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s virtual telestroke program, partners with 16 regional hospitals. The telestroke network provides stroke patients rapid access to expert stroke neurologists and neurosurgeons, no matter how remote or rural the community hospital. Stroke patients at a partner site emergency department (ED) are assessed in real-time via audio/ video feed by a stroke neurologist or neurosurgeon at Hershey Medical Center; physicians at both sites can share patient imaging, charts, and test results. Since its July 2012 inception, the program has grown exponentially and more than 5,000 patient consults (approximately 2,000 of which were ischemic stroke patients) have now been performed using LionNet. Continue reading

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Telestroke System Emphasizes Partnership with Regional Facilities for Improved Patient Outcomes

Penn State Hershey LionNet telestroke system

Open communication between participants enhances the success of the Penn State Hershey LionNet telestroke system.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center spearheads a sophisticated telestroke system, LionNet, expanding the capabilities of partner hospitals. By exposing more patients to specialized neurological care, LionNet can dramatically increase positive outcomes for patients with both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Using advanced computer systems with webcams, LionNet allows a Penn State Hershey stroke neurologist or neurosurgeon to consult in real-time with an ED doctor at a partner facility. The specialist examines the patient remotely, reviews scans, and makes a recommendation regarding whether to begin intravenous tPA therapy or transport the patient for possible neurosurgical intervention at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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Telestroke partnerships advance stroke care in local communities

LionNet Telestroke Team

L to R: Kevin Cockroft, M.D., Jennifer Humbert, R.N., and Ray Reichwein, M.D.

LionNet, Penn State Hershey’s regional stroke care network, offers real-time video consults with doctors in area emergency departments (EDs) and Penn State Hershey specialists, providing faster diagnosis and treatment of strokes for patients throughout central Pennsylvania.

“When patients come to an ED with suspected stroke, they need immediate evaluation by a specialist who can confirm the diagnosis and make treatment recommendations,” said Jennifer Humbert, R.N., Penn State Hershey LionNet coordinator. Continue reading

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