Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Researchers: Tablet-based stroke assessments as reliable as in-person efforts
Using tablets for telestroke is proving to be reliable for enabling National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale assessments to be conducted in remote exams, according to researchers.
A new study published in Neurology reveals that the use of tablets for conducting NIHSS assessments was essentially equivalent performing such assessments at the bedside. The study included pilots in central Virginia and the San Francisco Bay area with 27 ambulance runs at both sites.
“Utilizing a low-cost, tablet-based platform and commercial cellular networks, we can reliably perform prehospital neurologic assessments in both rural and urban settings,” the authors of the Neurology study conclude.
The tablet system developed is bidirectional videoconferencing and uses 4G LTE broadband. It puts ambulatory medical teams in real-time communication with a neurologist during the stroke assessment.