Mayo Clinic uses telemedicine in ambulances to assess stroke patients

November 1, 2018

A Mayo Clinic telemedicine initiative in Jacksonville, Fla., is helping to speed stroke care during patient transport to the hospital by leveraging mobile videoconferencing technology.

The system from telehealth services vendor InTouch Health of Santa Barbara, Calif., enables neurologists to have a presence in the ambulance to conduct real-time visual assessments of patients while they are being brought to the hospital.

Virtual neurological exams using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale enable providers to gauge the severity of stroke and identify the best treatment options, leading to quicker care of patients when they arrive at the hospital.

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