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:
- Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, Ore.
- Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Ore.
- Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco, Wash.
- Lake District Hospital in Lakeview, Ore.
- Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner, Ore.
- Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Ore.
- Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Ore.
- Providence Milwaukie Hospital in Milwaukie, Ore.
- Providence Newberg Medical Center in Newberg, Ore.
- Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Ore.
- Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.
- Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore.
- Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside, Ore.
- Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City, Ore.
- Silverton Hospital in Silverton, Ore.
- Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Ore.
- St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore.
- Tillamook County General Hospital in Tillamook, Ore.
- Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, Ore.
For hospitals interested in adding telestroke services:
Telestroke in action video
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
“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