Telemedicine key to stroke survivors

Posted by Randy Rountree on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Written by Randy Rountree, EVP of Global IT & Strategic Alliances

 A stroke is one of the most time-sensitive emergencies a patient can face. For every minute that passes, millions of neurons are lost. As more neurons are lost, the chances the patient will survive and recover become lower. In situations like this, speed of diagnosis is critical. The sooner the patient can be seen, diagnosed and treated, better the chance that they'll survive and recover. Prior to advances in telemedicine, the average stroke patient in the UK was in the hospital for 24 days. Now the average stroke patient is only in the hospital for 12 days – thanks to an increased speed of diagnosis.

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