CO-DOC Stroke Telemedicine Program
Bringing Swedish stroke expertise to communities throughout Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming
Outside the metro area, some hospitals do not have neurologists on-site to diagnose and treat acute stroke. TELEMEDICINE is a "state-of-the-art" technology that allows neurologists to examine stroke patients hundreds of miles away. From laptop computers, they can examine patients closely, even focusing in to look at subtle eye movement that may be important in delivering care. The neurologist can read vital signs on bedside computers and talk in real time with the patient, family members and emergency department professionals. This technology enables hospitals to treat stroke patients acutely with immediate consultation from a stroke neurologist.
Time is Critical When Treating Stroke Patients
"When a patient suffers a stroke time is absolutely critical," explains Dr. Christopher Fanale. "This technology makes it so I'm almost literally in the room next to the patient. I can now 'be' at a hospital 100 miles away in a matter of minutes-- overcoming the hurdles of time and distance that can mean life or death for some people."
CO-DOC is a breakthrough program coordinated by HealthONE and Blue Sky Neurology that allows physicians to provide lifesaving exams and treatments to stroke patients across Colorado and parts of the surrounding states.