Why is CO-DOC so special?
CO-DOC applies technology proven to improve care throughout Colorado that might not have the resources to manage stroke diagnosis and treatment. The proprietary system, designed by BF Technologies, delivers smooth video from almost any Internet connection, automatic adaptability and error correction, dramatic zoom capabilities, and near real-time communications with perfect audio and video synchronization and no echo. Because the patient and physicians can have a personal, two-way video and audio communication, an accurate diagnosis and medical plan of care can be accomplished.
CO-DOC is unique from other telemedicine efforts in Colorado in that it is HIPAA compliant and relies on the Internet. This means that a Blue Sky neurologist can be accessed from anywhere. An example is the stroke emergency that occurs in the middle of the night. The neurologist can, from a home computer or laptop, connect by camera with the emergency department staff, patient and family as quickly as possible.
Jeffrey Wagner, M.D., leads the CO-DOC program. His partner and Swedish Stroke Program director, Christopher Fanale, M.D. was a co-investigator in the National Institute of Health study for this system.
About Colorado Neurological Institute
Since its founding as a non-profit organization in 1988, Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI)'s mission is to enhance the delivery of personalized, comprehensive and state-of-the-art care to patients with neurological conditions through coordinated patient care, education, research and outreach activities. CNI is the largest, most comprehensive neuroscience center in the Rocky Mountain region.
About Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for neurotrauma and comprehensive stroke care. Swedish's Stroke Program is the ONLY Stroke Center in the region to be three-times certified by the Joint Commission. Swedish provides the most advanced care for adult and pediatric trauma as a Level I Trauma Center. An acute care hospital with 368 beds, Swedish Medical Center has been a proud member of the community since 1905.
About Blue Sky Neurology
Blue Sky Neurology in Englewood, Colorado was established in January 2005. The physicians of Blue Sky Neurology are all university-trained and board-certified in neurology. Chris Fanale, M.D., who is fellowship-trained in stroke, is one of the partners in Blue Sky Neurology and the Medical Director for the CO-DOC Telemedicine program as well as CNI's Stroke Center
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