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AHA/​ASA Telestroke Guidelines: Key Takeaways for Your Program

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by Andrew Saluke

Broadcast Date:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In November 2016, the American Heart/​Stroke Association published Telemedicine Quality and Outcomes in Stroke, a comprehensive set of telestroke guidelines created by a panel of the nation’s leading telestroke pioneers and thought leaders. These telestroke guidelines are likely to be incorporated into existing accreditation/​certification standards for stroke centers. REACH Health has recruited some of the authors of this document, and additional telestroke experts, to discuss their key takeaways and recommendations – and the future of telestroke.

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Discussion topics included:

  • Collaborative collection of stroke quality measures, and suggestions for encouraging participation among network hospitals
  • Measuring and improving time to treatment intervals
  • Key outcomes measures, including: stroke diagnosis and mimics, tPA use, and safety measures
  • Advice on standardizing data collection
  • And more

Real‐​world examples of success and challenges will be used to highlight the suggestions.
The session included an audience question and answer session.

About the Panelists:

  • Moderator – Dr. Jeffrey Switzer, Director of Telestroke and Teleneurology, and the Comprehensive Stroke Center Director for Augusta University. Co‐​Author of Telemedicine Quality and Outcomes in Stroke.
  • Panelist — Opeolu Adeoye, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, UC Health. Co‐​Author of Telemedicine Quality and Outcomes in Stroke.
  • Panelist — Dr. Christine Holmstedt, Medical Director of Stroke Clinical Services and Telehealth Director of Quality and Education, MUSC
  • Panelist – Dr. Talbot “Mac” McCormick, M.D., President and CEO of Eagle Telemedicine

Who Should Watch the Recording:

  • Telemedicine and telestroke program directors, managers and coordinators
  • Neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventionalists
  • ED physicians, nurses and internal medicine hospitalists
  • Hospital and health system heads of emergency medicine

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