Penn State Hershey Medical Center has launched LionNet, a telemedicine system focused on diagnosing and treating stroke patients at other locations.
LionNet uses on-demand patient data and live two-way audio and video to allow Penn State Hershey neurologists and neurosurgeons to examine and talk with patients, review patient information and communicate with family members and clinicians.
LionNet is billed as the first telemedicine system for stroke to be implemented in southcentral Pennsylvania. It is currently in place at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading and will soon be expanded to other community hospitals, including Hanover Hospital in York County.
“The main benefit of this partnership is the ability to provide community hospitals with advanced stroke care and therefore improved patient outcomes,” said Dr. Ray Reichwein, co-director of the Penn State Hershey Stroke Center.
The LionNet team also will collaborate with partner hospitals to educate people within their surrounding communities about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of getting to the hospital in a timely manner.
Early clinical data suggest telemedicine systems at other leading U.S. hospitals have led to improved treatment for acute strokes, including increased use of the intravenous “clot buster” drug tPA.