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NHS telemedicine system for strokes hailed as a success

Antony Savvas | May 3, 2013
A telemedicine system set up to help stroke patients has been declared a success by the NHS Cumbria & Lancashire Cardiac and Stroke Network (CSNLC).

"Due to the telestroke service being in place today more patients are alive, more patients suffer less disability, and more patients are less dependent on carers and nursing homes to provide care," said Elaine Day, service improvement and development manager at CSNLC.

Results of a five year study on telemedicine showed that patients can be treated virtually by physicians as effectively as if the patients made physical visits to the doctor's office. In another finding, the remote treatment also improved doctor-patient communications.

 

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