Telestroke and Telemedicine Neurology
CMMC Emergency Physicians Have Access to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
Central Maine Healthcare’s unique relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston allows emergency physicians to access expert consultative services through a telestroke and telemedicine neurology service.
The telestroke program uses streaming video and state-of-the-art scanners to enable Mass General neurologists to diagnose possible stroke patients at CMMC, Rumford Hospital, and Bridgton Hospital. This consultative service can help CMMC physicians determine if a clot-breaking drug should be administered. When given within three hours of symptoms, this intervention can save some stroke patients from further complications.
The three hospitals, which together see between 450 and 500 stroke patients yearly, have neurologists on call -- but it sometimes takes critical time for them to get to the hospital.
Telemedicine neurology uses streaming video to allow Mass General to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with other neurological emergencies, including seizures or sudden paralysis.
Central Maine Healthcare’s emergency doctors can consult at any time with one of Mass General's neurologists if possible stroke patients or other neurological patients present in the Emergency Department. Central Maine Medical Group neurologists can also consult with Massachusetts General doctors to get a second opinion.
Adding even more depth to CMMC’s neurology capabilities is the recent addition of a hospital-based neurologist to the hospitalist medical staff.