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Treating Rural WA Stroke Victims – by Computer

July 20, 2009

CHELAN, Wash. – Washington has one of the highest stroke death rates in the nation – and technology may be part of the cure. A new service is enabling specialists in Seattle to be called in as consultants in several of the state's rural hospitals without setting foot in the patient's room.

Swedish Hospital in Seattle is trying to improve stroke recovery odds in rural areas with the TeleStroke program. In small-town emergency rooms set up for TeleStroke service, neurology experts at Swedish can see and talk with the patient, check test results and consult with local doctors, all by camera and computer.

Physician Bill Likosky at Swedish says it is almost like being in the room.

"In a lot of ways, it's very much as if we're right there. We know the individuals we're dealing with; we're very comfortable with them. The nurses are well-trained; the doctors are well-trained. We know each other by face. It's very much like just walking in and being there."

Long-term, Likosky says health care providers see the system's potential to help ease the shortage of physicians in rural areas of the state.

"As people become comfortable with this, and say, 'What does it do well and what doesn't it do well?', I think a number of things will probably come up. The same kind of device that we use in the emergency room could really be wheeled around a medical center. That's another opportunity we're thinking about."

Lake Chelan Community Hospital, Chelan, recently has become the third rural hospital with TeleStroke service. It also is being used at Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon, and Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA