It was standing room only as Angel Medical Center introduced the newest member of their healthcare team during a public reception on Wednesday, May 15. The Telestroke Robot literally rolled in to action to demonstrate its capabilities to those in attendance.
“We’re excited to bring this new technology to our community that will afford our patients another level of care,” said Martin Wadewitz, Interim CEO. “With the telestroke robot, possible stroke victims can be remotely diagnosed by neurologists with Mission Hospital. This will allow our healthcare team to take the necessary steps during the first critical hours of care.”
Carrie Castellion, director of Telemedicine with Mission Hospital, conducted the demonstration with Dr. Reid Taylor, Neurologist linked live to the audience via the robot’s screen. Dr. Taylor fielded questions from the audience and demonstrated the technology’s capabilities in diagnosing strokes.
According to Castellion, “The telestroke technology is available 24/7, 365 days a year to our affiliate hospitals. We (Mission) guarantee a link with a stroke specialist within 30 minutes.”
How is this possible? Castellion said that seven different physicians are on rotation and each is equipped with a laptop that can operate the telestroke robot, even from home at any given time.
The robot, manufactured by InTouch Health, is the first and only FDA-cleared Remote Presence device.
In conjunction with the unveiling, Angel Medical Center held an employee contest to give the robot a name. More than 80 entries were received with the winning entry being “IC4U”.
“Angel is very fortunate to have this technology and we’re appreciative of Mission Hospital for providing this technology to the hospital,” stated Dan Meyers, director of AMC Emergency Room. “The Robot can make a difference in life functions for the patient when we can diagnose and treat earlier.”
Sheila Price, VP of Nursing concluded, “Time is brain. For every minute the patient waits, there is a greater possibility of lasting negative effect on the patient. Every second is important when symptoms of stroke are there. Call 9-1-1 at any sign of stroke---Does the face look uneven? Does one arm drift down? Does their speech sound strange? “
For information additional contact Bonnie Peggs, Director of Marketing/PR for Angel Medical Center at (828) 349-6639.