Research has shown that telemedicine is valid, accurate, and reliable. Initially intended to address the shortage of neurologists outside of large cities and urban areas, its recent expansion into mainstream use may be a reflection of such success. Neurology is a specialty that, because of the emphasis on accurate interpretation of patient data and evaluation, does lend itself to telemedicine.
Using telemedicine, patients and their data are evaluated through a high-definition video link and neurologists make treatment recommendations from their offices and homes.
The level of care required for treatment of acute neurologic symptoms is not always available at Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) or other many other hospitals throughout the nation. Mayo Clinic combines both the neurological expertise along with 24-hour availability to patients admitted to FMC. The neurologist is able to not only see and talk to the patient, but may also view the patient’s tests such as EEGs, CT scans and lab results. Through the telemedicine program, Mayo Clinic offers support in neurological decision making to intensivists in the FMC intensive care unit thus allowing expert, immediate treatment to patients.