Arizona Healthcare Facilities Use GlobalMedia Telemedicine Solutions to Link to Telestroke Network

Successful Mayo Clinic program now supports nine medical centers in the state

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mayo Clinic in Arizona, the first medical center in the state to do clinical research on telestroke support for patients in mostly non-urban areas, now provides its services to nine facilities. All nine of the network’s spoke centers chose GlobalMedia’s telemedicine solutions to communicate with Mayo’s team of specialists for patient assessments. Since the inception of the Mayo Clinic Telestroke network in 2005, ten times as many patients in rural Arizona areas have had the opportunity to receive clot-busting drugs within the three-hour window of time to minimize permanent brain injury.

So far, Mayo stroke neurologists have performed more than 500 emergency consultations with the nine Arizona facilities. The spoke centers are: Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Kingman Regional Medical Center, Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center in Globe, Flagstaff Medical Center, Summit Healthcare in Show Low, Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Yuma Regional Medical Center, La Paz Regional Medical Center in Parker, and Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee. The primary stroke center, or hub, is the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., Professor of Neurology and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke, recently described the program’s success: “Collaboration between stroke neurologists and physicians at the remote sites has resulted in 96 percent accuracy in diagnosing stroke.” Dr. Demaerschalk added, “Our research strongly suggests that the technology can enhance evaluation and treatment for patients in rural areas, as well as peer-to-peer collaboration among physicians.”

GlobalMedia has designed models of its mobile telemedicine carts – either the i8500™ Series or the P-Series – to work with any specialty program, including telestroke.

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