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Spoke Member Services

24/7 Acute Neurology/Stroke Care

"The Partners TeleStroke program enabled our hospital to apply for and win DPH approval as a designated stroke center within the State of Massachusetts." [ Read Testimonial ]

By becoming a member of the MGH TeleNeurology Program (or Partners TeleStroke Program only), your hospital will receive 24-hour acute neurology/stroke expertise-on-demand, as well as the added expertise of a world renowned stroke center.

You also get preferred access to NIH- and industry-funded stroke clinical trials, and can participate in our monthly grand rounds videoconferences, which provide valuable ongoing CME /CEU credits in case-based and lecture formats with interactive question and answer sessions.

Implementation and Fees

Upon subscribing to the program, your hospital will receive an implementation packet with all the information necessary to swiftly initiate the program at your hospital.

Our staff will work with you to implement videoconference and image transfer solutions. Upon completion, we will schedule three training sessions with your local staff over videoconference to instruct them how to initiate and conduct consultations.

To successfully implement the program, you'll need the following equipment:

  • IP connection for videoconferencing
  • High speed (broadband) internet access
  • CT / brain image transfer capability (DICOM server)
  • Videoconferencing device that supports standard protocols and encryption
  • Desktop PC

For more information including a list of fees, please contact us.

Clinical Trials

In the future, we plan to develop a set of internet based tools that can leverage our existing data and videoconferencing infrastructure to enable our member and network hospitals to actively participate in government- and industry-funded multi-center clinical trials.

This important research will hopefully forge new discoveries in the area of stroke diagnosis and prevention, and explore new and innovative treatments and therapies for patients who suffer from all kinds of strokes.

Please look for an announcement on this program in the near future.

Hub Network Member Services

Overview

If your hospital already employs a team of skilled stroke neurology physicians, and you are planning for or are already designated as a comprehensive stroke center, you may have already begun exploring what it takes to implement a telestroke program. Forging ahead independently can be very costly, technically challenging, and prone to errors.

The TeleStroke Alliance Program (TAP) offers a proven service delivery model that will flatten out your learning curve, get a successful "hub and spoke" telestroke network up and running quickly and cost-effectively, and allow your institution or hospital network to continue focusing its scarce resources on improving patient care and achieving better patient outcomes.

Implementation

Implementing the TAP Program in your hospital will enable you to provide 24/7/365 clinical expertise to any surrounding hospital that joins your local telestroke network, regardless of whether they are part of your integrated hospital network, part of another hospital network, or independent. Many of our own telestroke-networked "spoke" hospitals have used this arrangement to successfully secure designation as "Primary Stroke Centers" in the Massachusetts state-based stroke designation system. A successful telestroke program can represent a possible new revenue stream for your own institution; enhance network cohesion within your own integrated hospital system; and generate good will and positive publicity throughout the state and surrounding communities.

As part of the TAP Program implementation, your hospital will receive all the necessary materials, software tools, training, and implementation support to develop your own branded telestroke "hub and spoke" network, including:

  • Marketing Materials
  • Contracting Materials
  • Credentialing Materials
  • Video / Radiology Network Layout Guidelines
  • Software Admin Tools
  • TeleStroke Consult Software Use
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Remote Unit Technology / Installation Guidelines
  • TeleCME Guidelines

In addition, the Telestroke Network Partner "hub" hospitals interact with each other in a collaborative fashion to share best practices and drive innovation.

Please contact us at (617) 724-3999 or telestroke@partners.org for more information and to discuss the benefits of the TAP Program.

Stroke Consultation Software

As part of a membership, we have developed a secure,web-based stroke consultation software program that is used by other Telestroke Alliance Program (TAP) hospitals and teleneurology/telestroke networks. The encrypted, password-protected software application serves as a robust medical record system which accurately documents critical information on each clinical telemedicine interaction, including patient demographics, medical history, exam findings, lab values, and care recommendations. The application contains embedded decision support tools (e.g. reminders, warnings, algorithms, and calculators) which assist the telemedicine consultant in making the correct diagnosis and treatment decisions.

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Grand Rounds

Overview

We are proud to announce that, we now offer frequent "TeleStroke Grand Rounds" educational sessions featuring topics in acute stroke management and acute stroke quality improvement. You can participate in these lectures via web-based presentation sharing software. These conferences are free of charge to our member hospitals. Please contact us for pricing for non-members.

The presentations will be a combination of case-based and didactic sessions, and will highlight best practices within our Partners TeleStroke community of hospitals. Faculty will be drawn from the MGH and BWH Acute Stroke Teams, the same group of physicians and nurses who help provide care to your acute stroke patients.

You may wish to join these grand rounds from a conference room or in the ED, whatever works best for your site and staff.  All sessions will be archived and become available to your site as a streaming video for staff who were unable to attend the live broadcast.

Prior to the conference, we will distribute the speaker’s CV, objectives for the talk, and a financial disclosure statement. CME distribution will be handled by your local institution.

Conference Details

Stroke - Current Best Practice
by Mary Amatangelo MS APRN-BC CCRN CEN
January, 31, 2007 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Objectives
This program will review the associated epidemiology, risk factors, anatomy, pathophysiology, stroke syndromes, clinical care and highlight recently identified best practices of stroke care. Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • describe current stroke epidemiology
  • describe current advances in regards to stroke care
  • define the updated definition of Transient Ischemic Attack (TEA).
  • appreciate the urgency of what has been defined as "mild stroke symptoms."
  • assess resources beyond the 3 hour window

Links: Objectives  | Financial Disclosure 

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