MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) - New telemedicine at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello is trying to get stroke patients treated faster. An emergency physician can now get a neurologist on video chat in just minutes.
Patients get quicker treatment by cutting down the traveling miles.
"In Indianapolis neurologists are present and on site," IU Health White Memorial Hospital CEO Stephanie Long said. "In a rural setting that is not the case. It takes away the time it would take to transfer the patient to a neurologist by providing bedside consultations. It's live and interactive."
Long said other IU Health hospitals have had this telemedicine since 2004. This week is became active in Monticello after weeks of successful training.
"We make one phone call to the IU operator or the person who gets the neurologist on the phone for us," Emergency Physician Chris Brandenburg said. "Within a couple of minutes we actually have a neurologist that's on the phone. They are able to see the patient, and the patient is able to see them."
Brandenburg often treats patients with stroke symptoms. He said not only does this technology help the patient, it also helps the doctor.
"It may be someone is having a stroke or they have stroke like symptoms or neurological type problems so to talk to a specialist, and they can see the patient and examine them gives us a lot of insight on what may be the best treatment for them," Brandenburg said.
Long said no patient has had to use it so far. But she added if it's needed it will take just minutes.
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