Neuroscience Telemedicine Program
With roughly 700,000 people impacted each year, stroke is the third-leading cause of adult death in the United States. Fortunately, a number of advances have resulted in increased survival rates for stroke patients. But timing is critical. The most successful outcomes for patients often depend on early diagnosis and administration of treatment within the first few hours following the stroke.
The proposed telemedicine program will use videoconferencing to connect experts at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute with doctors and nurses in outlying areas to provide immediate diagnosis and treatment suggestions. In addition to stroke diagnosis and treatment, the telemedicine program will also extend to movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological problems.
Private giving will fund the entire budget for this initiative to purchase equipment, provide salary support for telemedicine specialists and underwrite endowments to sustain the program in perpetuity.