Purpose of Review: This study aims to describe the current state of telestroke clinical applications and policies, in addition to key technical and operational aspects of the telemedicine practice. Recent Findings: Delivery of telestroke services for neurovascular care expanded from the intravenous alteplase decision and administration in acute emergency department settings to a continuum of services in mobile and inpatient stroke units, intensive care units, virtual stroke clinics, rehabilitation, and clinical research. Telestroke cost-effectiveness is well established from multiple perspectives. Stroke centers, certification agencies, and national registries have made essential recommendations regarding telestroke quality measures monitoring and reporting. Summary: Telestroke continues to bring neurovascular expertise to resource-restricted areas with advanced virtual communication techniques, optimizing stroke care. Future research should aim at broadening telestroke technology applications, while improving quality and reducing the delivery-associated cost and resources. Comprehensive multidisciplinary virtual telestroke centers that cover all aspects of stroke management might become available in the future.
- Acute stroke
- Quality measures
- Systems of care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine