The chapter objectives are to summarize the evidence that supports the reliability of telemedicine for diagnosis and efficacy in acute stroke treatment, identify strategies for funding the development of a telestroke network, to present issues with respect to economic sustainability, cost effectiveness, and the status of reimbursement for telestroke, to identify key components to maintaining the logistical and/or operational sustainability of a telestroke network, to identify best practices to be considered for assessment and management of acute stroke when planning for and developing a telestroke network, to demonstrate practical steps to enable progress toward implementing a telestroke solution for optimizing acute stroke care, to incorporate evidence-based practice guidelines and care pathways into a telestroke network, to emphasize technology variables and options, to propose metrics to use when determining performance, outcomes and quality of a telestroke network, to identify and help overcome obstacles to telestroke practice, to present tips for sustaining a telestroke network, to suggest strategies for obtaining buy-in from clinicians and administrative leadership and providers, and to identify and engage champions and stakeholders of telestroke.
- Systems of care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing