Telestroke: Getting Started

Providence Telestroke Network uses state-of-the-art technologies that are user-friendly, readily available, reliable and secure, resulting in a network that is easy to deploy, operate and maintain. With technical support from InTouch Health, we will provide your hospital staff with comprehensive education and training for a telestroke patient examination.

Community hospital requirements:

  • Emergency room with wireless Internet access
  • Teleradiology connection (can be provided if needed)
  • 24-hour laboratory testing capabilities
  • 24-hour CT scanner
  • Pharmacy that stocks Activase (alteplase, “t-PA”)

Before implementing telestroke, our team will provide:

  • A technical assessment and, if necessary, recommendations to ensure that your hospital will support Providence Telestroke Network
  • InTouch Health RP-7 or RP-Lite remote presence system for your hospital
  • Physicians, nurses and hospital staff training to review and practice the acute stroke management protocol with Providence Stroke Center experts
  • Several mock patient consultations via the telestroke system to practice quick and accurate activation of the telestroke system
  • Initial implementation services and training provided by InTouch Health’s team of engineers, clinicians and account managers
  • Activase in-servicing and education provided by Genentech in collaboration with InTouch Health and Providence’s telestroke coordinator

Our team will continue to educate and support you through:

  • Ongoing hospital staff education and training by a telestroke neurologist and nurse coordinator
  • Ongoing hospital staff support from InTouch
  • Health’s engineers, clinicians and account managers
  • Development of quality reports and key statistics to monitor and improve patient care, as well as to improve the functionality of the telestroke system
  • CME and CEU credit opportunities
  • Stroke experts available to present to physicians, clinical staff or members of your community

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

Patient Web site: www.providence.org/brain