Magazine Article | August 25, 2015

Remote Presence Robots Level The Playing Field

Source: Health IT Outcomes

Compiled by Amanda Griffith, Contributing Writer

Telemedicine is being leveraged to improve treatment times for stroke patients, and one network is taking it to the next level with remote presence robots.

Within a hospital setting, doctors are working together using bedside videoconferencing on a variety of devices to make diagnoses without actually having to be in the room. Nationally, there are more than 200 telehealth networks and more than 3,500 service sites in which hospitals and other providers use telehealth services, according to the American Telemedicine Association.

The Michigan Stroke Network (MSN) is one such collaborative network of hospitals, providing innovative stroke care across the state. Through the use of remote presence robots, the network ensures hospitals across Michigan and the surrounding region, regardless of their size, location, or resources, can offer every patient the most advanced stroke care available. MSN utilizes telepresence robots to provide stroke patients 24-hour access for consultations from neuroendovascular specialists.