In stroke telemedicine, also called telestroke, doctors who have advanced training in the nervous system (neurologists) remotely evaluate patients who've had acute strokes and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations to emergency medicine doctors at PMC. Doctors communicate using digital video cameras, Internet telecommunications, robotic telepresence, smartphones and other technology.
Because of an overall shortage of neurologists in the country, PMC has partnered with the Mayo Clinic–Jacksonville in a venture that uses an Emergency Department robot. The Remote Presence (RP-7®) Robot is a five-foot tall device that looks like a futuristic doctor robot. The remote physician in Jacksonville, FL, has full view of the patient, can move the robot around the room as needed, zoom the robot’s camera in and out to assess the patient and his or her responses, and talk directly with the patient, their family members and emergency department care partners.
This focus on regional care allows patients to receive quality stroke care in Brevard County. The quicker a possible stroke patient is diagnosed, the better chance he or she has of a full recovery. With PMC’s stroke telemedicine program, patients and their family members are getting expert help and diagnosis from Mayo Clinic physicians while receiving excellent clinical care in the PMC emergency department 24/7.