The Role Of Telemedicine In Stroke Care

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Telemedicine has made significant advances in treating patients who do not have the luxury of being in front of the specialist they critically need. The use of telemedicine in stroke care is one of the areas that has made a tremendous impact on the survival and recovery of stroke patients. The Tele-stroke component of stroke care brings the neurologist into the remote hospitals that do not have a neurologist on site. This system also brings Tele-stroke technology in the prehospital environment, allowing an on-scene field assessment of the stroke patient before they reach the hospital, enabling a streamlining of services and decreasing the time to definitive treatment dramatically. Additionally, with the emergence of cat scan ambulances equipped …show more content…
The nurse informatics specialist is instrumental in the development and maintenance of the telemedicine and Tele-stroke programs with its usability to the health care community (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). These systems must be easy to use and simple operability for the provider who may be under pressure with a critically ill patient in neurologic distress. The nurse informatics specialist is vital to ensure the success of the program and the continued use of the technology to ensure the patient is afforded the most the system has to offer (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). If the users are unable to access these tools easily, they may choose to bypass the system and treat the patient without the benefits of this technology which is a great disservice to the patient …show more content…
The informatics specialty must be active participants that drive the evolution of the technology to ensure the guaranteed success of the project. Nursing informatics ensure that all the human interactions with the Tele-stroke technology are positive and friendly atmosphere so that the technology is used (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). The nursing profession has the ability and the desire to move stroke care beyond what was possible and decrease morbidity and mortality with substantially approved outcomes. Health care providers can become creative when technology is not cooperative and work around its use. The ability for providers to utilize this technology is vital to the advancement of the Tele-stroke programs and the neurologic outcome of the patients. The ease of use and the interaction the users with the program must not detract from the patient care and not distract the providers. The nurse informatics specialist must also collect and organize the data for these patients and their outcome to see how effective the program is. The information needs to managed and made meaningful, which is required for the program and the providers to justify what the Tele-stroke is producing (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). The information on the Tele-stroke must be accurate and processed in a practical manner to decide how to enhance the programs to make them more efficient

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