JERSEY SHORE, Pa. – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital recently added Telestroke and Teleneurology technologies to optimize timely care for emergency room, critical and acute care patients.
This technology allows Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital physicians to have around-the-clock access to Geisinger neurologists via real-time, two-way audio and high-definition video communication and advanced diagnostic tools.
Telestroke allows Geisinger Jersey Shore emergency room doctors to quickly connect with neurologists at Geisinger Medical Center to help diagnosis and begin treatment for a patient suffering from a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, 120 million brain cells die every hour during a stroke, so receiving prompt care is essential for a better outcome.
“Telemedicine technology allows us to bring stroke neurologists from Geisinger Medical Center into Jersey Shore’s emergency department seamlessly when needed to consult and assist with patient care,” said Neil Holland, M.D., chair of neurology in the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute.
Geisinger Medical Center is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is north-central Pennsylvania’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of stroke center certification awarded.
Immediate treatment after a stroke occurs is critical to maximize the patient’s recovery. The virtual exam through Telestroke helps determine what treatment is administered in the emergency department, as well as follow-up care.
“Having Telemedicine technologies here at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is an incredible benefit to the community,” said Dr. Jason Schauer, emergency department physician at Geisinger Jersey Shore. “Stroke specialists at Geisinger Medical Center can examine and help care for our patients. By working together with our physicians here, we can better diagnose conditions and develop care plans.”
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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