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.”
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.