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Telestroke Alaska: Evidence-Based Care Across the Great Frontier

November 21, 2013

About this webinar:

A primary objective in healthcare reform involves the delivery of evidence-based care and improved access to appropriate services for communities throughout the country. Over the past several years, telemedicine has become a sustainable model for delivery of healthcare services to support the care in geographically underserved areas. The use of telemedicine to deliver evidence-based care to patients with an acute focal neurologic deficit has resulted in consistent outcomes when evaluated through formal research projects. Barriers exist to the development of a robust telemedicine network including provider engagement, cost, reimbursement, education and community collaboration. A formal and well-coordinated program utilizing appropriate strategic planning and carefully designed tactics can result in successful implementation as well as improved outcomes and access to care for rural communities. This presentation will focus on the development and implementation of a telemedicine network focused on care of patients with an acute focal neurologic deficit (stroke) using examples from the Alaska experience to illustrate the impact on patient outcomes and disability. Highlights of the presentation will focus on encountered barriers, as well as opportunities to understand variations in clinical acceptance, technology, community demographics and the relationship of these strategies to healthcare reform and the delivery of evidence-based care to underserved communities.

Presented by: Christie Artuso, Ed D, RN, CNRN, SCRN

Christie Artuso, Ed.D., RN, CNRN, SCRN is the Director of Neuroscience Services at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She leads a specialized team of nurses, technicians and support staff, in collaboration with physicians to provide outstanding neuroscience services and quality care to patients. The Neuroscience Division includes a nationally-accredited stroke program, a nationally-certified concussion program, a nationally-accredited sleep disorders center, neurodiagnostic testing, and both inpatient and outpatient services for patients with neurologic and neurosurgical disorders. She has more than 32 years of educational and leadership experience in university-affiliated hospitals with recognized clinical expertise in emergency services and critical care.

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