Telestroke Guidelines from American Telemedicine Association in Telemedicine & e-Health

New guidelines to help clinicians use the latest telemedicine communication technologies to provide remote care for patients with symptoms of acute stroke are published in Telemedicine and e-Health, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The guidelines are available free on the Telemedicine and e-Health website until May 19, 2017.

Bart Demaerschalk, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ, and a team of authors contributed to the article entitled "American Telemedicine Association: Telestroke Guidelines." The guidelines describe the network of audio-visual communication technologies and computer systems available to link an expert stroke team with a stroke physician at a distant site and the clinicians caring for a remote stroke patient, and to deliver telestroke clinical services.

Rapid diagnosis and treatment with a clot-disrupting drug in appropriate patients following ischemic stroke can improve outcomes. The timing of treatment delivery is a critical factor in ischemic stroke.

The coauthors of the new Telestroke Guidelines are from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Phoenix), Ascension Health and Columbia College of Nursing (Milwaukee, WI), Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University (Augusta), Yale School of Medicine (New Haven, CT), University of Cincinnati (OH), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), University of Pittsburgh (PA), and InTouch Health (Santa Barbara, CA).

"The authors are to be commended for this outstanding work. These guidelines will be of great value to clinicians and the patients they treat," says Charles R. Doarn, MBA, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal and Research Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Demaerschalk Bart M., Berg Jill, Chong Brian W., Gross Hartmut, Nystrom Karin, Adeoye Opeolu, Schwamm Lee, Wechsler Lawrence, Whitchurch Sallie.
American Telemedicine Association: Telestroke Guidelines.
Telemedicine and e-Health. April 2017, doi: 10.1089/tmj.2017.0006.

About the Telemedicine and e-Health
Telemedicine and e-Health is the leading international peer-reviewed journal covering the full spectrum of advances and clinical applications of telemedicine and management of electronic health records. Co-edited by Ronald C. Merrell, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Charles Doarn, MBA, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the Journal provides comprehensive coverage of telemedicine applications that are playing an increasingly important role in health care and provides tools that are indispensable for home health care, remote patient monitoring, and disease management. Telemedicine and e-Health is an official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, the Canadian Telehealth Forum of COACH, and the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Telemedicine and e-Health website.

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