Teleneurology is not a distinct medical specialty anymore. It is in fact an up-and-coming branch of telemedicine that gives doctors the ability to offer consultations for neurological issues from a remote location.
Its role is quickly expanding far beyond the traditional scope of critical stroke care as neurologists are increasingly relying on teleneurology to diagnose and treat headaches, dementia, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Writing for ‘Telehealth and Medicine Today’, a leading online journal on modern telecare developments, Talbot McCormick, MD, President and CEO, Eagle Hospital Physicians expanded upon the promises teleneurology holds for rural healthcare and stroke patients living in far flung countryside areas.
The article titled ‘Teleneurology: Why it Works for Rural Hospitals’ discusses the findings of a teleneurology study held at INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma, and its implications for all healthcare providers operating in rural areas.
Teleneurology in Rural Areas
Teleneurology puts patients in remote contact with highly trained neurologists at the INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Hospital. By interacting with the remote neurologist, patients can get faster and more accurate diagnoses that naturally leads to earlier treatments.
Teleneurology has given neurologists at INTEGRIS the ability to provide urgent attention to stroke patients and a variety of other neurological emergencies, ensuring a higher level of time-sensitive care for them, no matter how far away they may be.
The article goes on to reveal that “currently there is an 11% shortage of neurologists; and this shortage is expected to reach nearly 20% by 2025.” Stats like this make it imperative for hospitals to adapt the teleneurology technology to ensure continued care and services to those in need, despite the lack of neurologists.
Interestingly enough the article goes onto explain the advantages of the expanding teleneurology technology for the care providers and physicians as well. It helps in creating a tight-knit network among contributing physicians, making everyone feel like a part of the team and ensuring widespread support for all parties involved. Additionally, hospitals that implement teleneurology also experienced 3-fold return on their investments due to the high demand of these services.
The Last Word
Teleneurology is enabling patients to access high-quality hospital-level care in their hometown as and when they need. Learn more about teleneurology applications in this article titled ‘Teleneurology: Why it Works for Rural Hospitals’ recently published in Telehealth and Medicine Today™, an online open access digital journal for the telemedicine industry.