- To increase access to stroke/trauma care in rural areas and communities in the Central New York Region
- To expand the market in which Upstate Medical University is able to provide care. Close the gap between expert medical care and location
- To maximize the utilization of telemedicine services in partnering hospitals
- To assist community hospitals in achieving primary stroke center designation
It is the mission of Upstate to close the gap between expert medical care and the location of the patient, increase access to stroke treatments in rural communities, and to provide educational opportunities to any of our referring hospitals regarding stroke care.
Via teleconferencing equipment, Upstate’s Board-certified Stroke physicians have instant access to the Emergency Department of partnering regional hospitals. Using interactive computer video conferencing via a secure internet network, the Upstate Neurologist and the patient, family, and healthcare provider at the outlying hospital hear and see each other in real-time. In addition to the telemedicine technology, which allows the patient to see the consulting Neurologist, the entire team of Upstate specialists is able to view CT scan images. This advanced technology enables physicians at Upstate to become virtual “on-site” consultants for outlying hospitals that do not have neurologists on staff. Please see the 2021 map of participating hospitals here.
- Provide immediate access to stroke care experts
- Provide prompt medical evaluation and accurate diagnosis of stroke
- Initiate timely thrombolytic treatment to improve outcomes and reduce risks and complications from a stroke
- Provide 24/7 access to specially-trained neurologists and neurosurgeons specializing in stroke care
- Provide Access to catheter-based stroke treatment including intraarterial thrombolysis, stenting, and clot retrieval devices
- The stroke telemedicine initiative also includes a comprehensive education program for medical staff, nursing staff, ancillary personnel, and pre-hospital care providers.