Telestroke Goes Live

January 01, 2014

From a concussion management program for middle and high school athletes to advanced treatment for conditions such as Parkinson’s, dementia, epilepsy, headaches and multiple sclerosis, Valley residents come to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center for expert neurological care.

Sometimes, we even take our expert care to Valley residents.

Perhaps the finest extension of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s hub-and-spoke model is the newly live Telestroke program, a network that puts our world-class neurologists “in the room” with patients— even if they are 100 miles away.

Telestroke is made possible by a secure, two-way robotic videoconferencing system that allows physician specialists from Providence Saint Joseph in Burbank to see and speak with patients and families via computer monitor, review initial tests and diagnose and direct treatment.

“The Telestroke program really sets us apart in LA County because we were the first hospital to successfully launch this type of hub-and-spoke network,” says Providence Saint Joseph’s Director of Neurovascular Services Robert Pickett, RN, MSN.

Currently, Telestroke is live with four hospitals, including sister hospital Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Four more hospitals are projected to join in the first quarter of 2014, with a total of 15 anticipated to join the network. The vision for the program is that the member hospitals will serve as spokes to share their various expertise, such as Pediatrics services at Providence Tarzana.