We asked some of our doctors, community members, and partners to talk about the benefits of TeleNeurology and the Partners National TeleStroke program.

Impact

What has been the impact of Telestroke for community hospital recipients?

Pamela Forducey, PhD, System Director of eHealth at Integris Health, gives us a high-level description of how the Partners National TeleStroke Network assisted in the increase of tPA administration and utilization throughout its network of 14 community hospitals.

What is your overall experience with the Mass General TeleNeurology Program?

Steve Sbardella, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Hallmark Health System, describes how telemedicine as quickly become a new way of life for the Hallmark Health System.

How do recipient hospitals benefit from the Mass General TeleNeurology Program?

Rajan Gadhia, MD, Neurocritical Care Fellow, and Scott Silverman, MD, Director of Partners Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program, discusses the many benefits our community hospitals receive by participating in the Mass General TeleNeurology Program. Community hospitals receive the most up to date care and have direct access to the nation's top Neurologists.

What is the impact of Mass General Routine and Urgent TeleNeurology in your hospitals performance?

Steve Sbardella, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Hallmark Health System, reveals how Mass General Routine and Urgent TeleNeurology Program decreased the length of stay for their patients through the program's planned/scheduled TeleNeurology consults.

What has been the impact of the Partners National TeleStroke Network in your own TeleStroke operation in Oklahoma?

Pamela Forducey, PhD, System Director of eHealth at Integris Health, discusses how the Partners National TeleStroke Network has allowed Integris to provide accessible stroke care to Oklahoma's underserved communities.

How has Mass General TeleNeurology impacted Hallmark's acute stroke care?

Steve Sbardella, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Hallmark Health System, discusses how the TeleNeurology Program has solved the issue of not having immediate access to a Neurologist for stroke care. The Mass General TeleNeurology Program provides community hospitals with immediate access to a TeleNeurologist, specialized in acute stroke care, to assist in the best outcome for Hallmark's patients.

Collaboration

Why are collaborative relationships so important to Mass General TeleNeurology's success?

Lee Schwamm, MD, Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Center for TeleHealth, describes the relationship between Mass General TeleNeurology and its community hospitals as a partnership that is valued greatly within the program. The partnership is that of a mutual learning and collaboration to help provide the highest quality care to each and every patient.

Training

What is the value of TeleStroke in the Vascular Neurology Fellowship?

Andrea Harriott, MD, former Vascular Neurology Fellow and current TeleNeurology TeleNeurologist, describes the value of participating in Mass General's Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program. Our fellows are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of neurology/stroke cases through the TeleNeurology and Neurocritical Care Programs at Mass General Hospital.

How does fellow involvement strengthen Mass General TeleNeurology?

Scott Silverman, MD, Director of the Mass General Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program, and Rajan Gadhia, MD, Neurocritical Care Fellow, discuss how the Fellows' expertise and 24/7 availability directly impacts the success of the TeleStroke Program.

What was your experience like working within the Neurology Fellowship and how does the Mass General TeleStroke Program prepare fellows for their future careers in field of Neurology?

Christina Mijalski, MD, describes her fellowship experience at Mass General. She was able to experience a variety of different types of neurology cases throughout her fellowship due to a large volume of consults through the TeleNeurology Program. Dr. Mijalski is now leading the efforts of starting a TeleStroke Program at Stanford University Medical Center.

History

Why was TeleStroke/TeleNeurology started at MGH?

Lee Schwamm, MD, Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Center for TeleHealth, describes the harsh realities of many communities throughout the nation are medically underserved, especially in the field of Neurology. Dr. Schwamm's vision came to fruition by starting a program that now resides in 27 community hospitals throughout New England.

How did the MGH TeleStroke Program evolve to a Comprehensive TeleNeurology Program?

Lee Schwamm, MD, Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Center for TeleHealth, describes how Mass General TeleNeurology's community hospitals expressed a need for a more comprehensive program that goes beyond the scope of stroke care. Dr. Schwamm evolved the program to include services such as Emergency TeleNeurology and Routine and Urgent TeleNeurology.

When and how did the Partners National TeleStroke Network start?

Lee Schwamm, MD, Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Center for TeleHealth, describes the services provided under the Partners National TeleStroke Network. The Partners National TeleStroke Network guides other larger institution to emulate the same platform of Mass General TeleNeurology's hub and spoke model.

Mission Statement

What is the Mission of the TeleNeurology Program?

Lee Schwamm, MD, Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Center for TeleHealth, describes the mission of Mass General TeleNeurology.