HSC receives $15 million grant for telestroke program
Cindy Foster-HSC NewsBeat
August 18, 2014
The UNM Health Sciences Center has received a three-year, $15.1 million grant to test a telemedicine network that helps diagnose and treat stroke and brain injury patients.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created the Health Care Innovations Awards in order to implement today’s “most compelling new ideas” for delivery of improved healthcare delivery for people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program.
Working with the Albuquerque-based technology firm Net Medical Xpress, UNM is installing a network of low cost, high-definition cameras and audiovisual conferencing equipment in emergency rooms throughout the state. The equipment will allow UNM neurosurgeons and neurologists to provide real-time, face-to-face consultations via the internet with doctors, patients and their families who live in areas that have traditionally lacked access to this type of specialized care.
""It is not just pictures going back and forth, it is knowledge that is needed so that everybody gets certain kind of comfort level with what treatment needs to be done," said Dr. Howard Yonas, chair for the UNM School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery and chief principal investigator for the grant.
The technology is simple and easy to access, allowing physicians the opportunity to help patients in ways that were unthinkable just five years ago, according to Yonas. Read more (HSC NewsBeat).