Telemedicine Consults and Transfers
Every second counts for patients showing symptoms of stroke, brain aneurysm or other neurovascular disease. Through a sophisticated and high-tech telemedicine system, Neurosciences Institute specialists are able to evaluate patients in other hospitals’ emergency departments—in real time.
This system, designed with secure videoconferencing technology, enables our neurologists, neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons to:
- Consult with an emergency physician at the community hospital
- Speak with the patient and family
- Examine the patient
- Review medical history and laboratory results
- View radiology images
Together, the physicians at both ends of the telemedicine consult may decide that local care is appropriate. They also might determine that the patient should be transferred to Abington Memorial Hospital for more advanced diagnostics and treatment with our Neurosciences Institute experts.
Transferred patients may be treated with the latest technology in our Neurovascular Laboratory [link to Neurovascular Lab page] and cared for in our neurocritical intensive care unit (neuro-ICU).
Abington Memorial Hospital’s One-Call Transfer Service handles patient transfers rapidly and easily, with utmost attention to patient safety. This service is staffed round-the-clock by registered nurses. To arrange a transfer, call 215-481-8181; for more information, call 215-481-8324.
Our telemedicine system partners with several hospitals in the Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania area, including Grand View Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, Lansdale Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown. As a regional referral center, we also accept transfers from hospitals throughout the greater Delaware Valley.
See how our telemedicine system helped a woman survive severe stroke.
For an appointment with a Neurosciences Institute specialist, call our Physician Referral Service, 215-481-MEDI (6334).