Overview

Telemedicine begins with telestroke
With stroke, time is brain. The faster patients can be diagnosed and treated, the better their outcomes. In many communities, patients who could benefit from tPA do not receive it because providers are reluctant to provide therapy without access to a consultations. This is why we begin telemedicine with our stroke services, providing 24-hour access to stroke neurologists and training to improve local care.

Providence Telestroke Services
Providence wants to help you reduce death and disability caused by stroke. Through a partnership with community hospitals, Providence provides around-the-clock access to acute stroke experts via a secure Internet connection.

Using a mobile two-way videoconference communication system, our experienced vascular neurologists can be “in the room” with ED teams in remote locations, helping to evaluate patients and consult on diagnosis, treatment or transfer. We provide immediate access to the latest advancements in stroke care.

Early results at Providence Telestroke Network hospitals show:

  • A 13-fold increase in stroke treatment rates
  • An average response time of 4 minutes, 24 seconds
  • An average 38 percent reduction in transfer rate 18 months after implementation

Miles away... and by your side: View the map of telestroke locations

The following hospitals are part of Providence Telestroke Network:

For hospitals interested in adding telestroke services:

Our comprehensive stroke services include:
  • 24-hour access to fellowship-trained stroke neurologists
  • Expert service from initial evaluation through follow-up
  • Providence contracts with InTouch Health to provide the telestroke unit, setup and 24/7 technical support for your hospital
  • A full-time dedicated team led by an experienced telestroke neurologist and nurse coordinator
  • Continued training and education, including CME and CEU credit opportunities, for physicians, nurses and staff
  • Support and tools to enhance quality and stroke patient outcomes
  • Partnership to develop your local stroke care services

If you are a medical professional interested in adding Providence Telestroke Network to your hospital, please contact us.

Other telemedicine services

Physician comments
“With Providence Telestroke Network, I can consult with local physicians to provide expert stroke care and potentially lifesaving treatments to patients regardless of where they live.” - Providence Telestroke Network Medical leader Nicholas J. Okon, D.O.

"I believe telestroke has had a strongly positive influence and has greatly improved patient and emergency department physician access to specialists at all hours of the day and night. I would recommend it to other rural communities and hospitals who need assistance with neurology coverage." - Emergency physician, Providence Medford Medical Center

"It seems staff is more willing to treat [stroke] patients aggressively and quickly, rather than dreading the struggle to obtain specialist assistance." - Emergency department physician, Providence Medford Medical Center

“When it’s 2 in the morning and you’re in the intensive care unit with a patient, it’s easy to feel alone – like you’re the only person between that patient and death. It’s really nice to have somebody backing you up, whether it’s to let you know you’re doing the right thing, or to recommend sending your patient to Portland. It’s reassuring.” - Gary Regalbuto, M.D., internal medicine, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

Contact us
Valerie Mays, R.N., B.S.N.
Telestroke Coordinator

Providence Telestroke Network
9205 S.W. Barnes Road, suite 1120
Portland, OR 97225

Phone: 503-216-2686 or 503-216-2706
Fax: 503-216-2737
E-mail: valerie.mays@providence.org