Blue Sky Telehealth News

How a CT-Direct Protocol at an American Comprehensive Stroke Center Led to Door-to-Needle Times Less Than 30 Minutes.

Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) efficacy, following acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is contingent on expeditious administration. In 2014, a study involving computed tomography-Direct protocol to increase efficiency when evaluating suspected patients with AIS, was conducted by Lisa M. Caputo, MA, Judd Jensen, MD, Michelle Whaley, MSN, Mark J. Kozlowski, MD, FACEP, Christopher V. Fanale, MD, Jeffrey C. Wagner, MD, Alessandro Orlando, MPH, and David Bar-Or, MD. The goals of the study were to "describe the protocol development and implementation process, and to compare DTN (door to needle) times and symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (sICH) rates before and after protocol implementation." The results derived from the study indicate that implementing a protocol, which streamlines the processing for patients suspected of having AIS, dramatically lessened DTN time without having a detrimental impact on patient safety. 

Telemedicine Quality and Outcomes in Stroke A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Telestroke is one of the most frequently used and rapidly expanding applications of telemedicine, delivering much-needed stroke expertise to hospitals and patients. This document reviews the current status of telestroke and suggests measures for ongoing quality and outcome monitoring to improve performance and to enhance delivery of care.

Blue Sky Neurologist Uses Telemedicine Technology to Bring Increase Access to Patients

A Blue Sky Tele-neurologist can work with multiple hospitals across the country on a daily basis. They provide assessments, diagnose, and prescribe care using telemedicine technology. This allows for increase access for the patient to specialized neurologists where previously they had little or no access these specialists. 

Blue Sky Teleneurology Saves Lives Remotely

Blue Sky Teleneurologist, Rod Spencer, MD, talks about saving the lives of stroke patients at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo from 100 miles away using remote technology

Dr. Judd Jensen with Blue Sky Neurology Shares Stroke Risk Factors on 9News

By Susan Vick - June 1, 2016

Dr. Jensen discusses stroke identification, prevention and risk factors.