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Practical Guide to Telestroke

Practical Guide to TelestrokeThere is growing interest in deploying telestroke solutions to extend evidence-based acute stroke care to patients that live remotely from primary stroke centers. To meet the needs of the stroke community, National Stroke Association offers a series of three 60-minute, non-accredited webinars to educate primary stroke center hospitals on how to create and effectively manage a telestroke network to improve stroke patient outcomes.

Business Model Strategies

Business Model Strategies webinar will address:

  • Evidence of efficacy in using telemedicine in acute stroke
  • Initial funding options
  • Reimbursement and program economics
  • Ensuring sustainability

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Telestroke Network Fundamentals

Telestroke Network Fundamentals webinar will address:

  • Rationale for building a telestroke network within stroke systems of care—the evidence
  • How to incorporate telestroke in stroke systems of care
  • How to incorporate evidence-based practice guidelines and care pathways
  • Technology options
  • Engaging partners
  • Administrative infrastructure
  • Metrics for use in quality assurance of telestroke network

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Overcoming Challenges

Overcoming Challenges webinar will address:

  • Identifying obstacles in licensing, credentialing, privileging, medical and legal issues and practicing across state lines
  • Tools to maintain and sustain a telestroke network
  • Getting buy-in from clinicians and administrative leadership and providers
  • Educating staff
  • Identifying and engaging champions and stakeholders
  • How to keep hub and spoke partners engaged
  • How to combat the fatigue factor
  • Technology issues including cost of ongoing maintenance and human resources

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Target Audience

This series is designed for stroke center coordinators, medical directors, hospital administrators, neurologists and emergency medicine physicians. The audience may also include other stroke team members.


Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, MSc, FRCP
Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Scottsdale, Arizona

Christopher V. Fanale, MD
Stroke Medical Director
Swedish Medical Center
Englewood, Colorado

Brett C. Meyer, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California

Jeffrey A. Switzer, DO
Associate Professor of Neurology
Medical College of Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia

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The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Faculty Report Financial Relationship
Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, MSc, FRCP    Investigator: National Stroke Association  sponsored study on telestroke funded by Genentech, Inc.
Christopher V. Fanale, MD Speakers Bureau: Genentech, Inc.; Investigator: National Stroke Association sponsored study on telestroke funded by Genentech, Inc.
Brett C. Meyer, MD Attended a meeting sponsored by Genentech, Inc. where both travel and accommodations were provided. No honorarium received; Consultant and Speakers’ Bureau: The Medicine’s Company
Jeffrey A. Switzer, DO Research Support: Genentech, Inc., Lundbeck; Local Primary Investigator: NIH NINDS grant.

The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Denise Henasey, National Stroke Association No financial relationships to disclose
Lori Conwell, CCMEP, MER No financial relationships to disclose

System requirements:

PC-based attendees—Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista or newer.

Macintosh®-based attendees—Required: Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer.

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Please Note: Accreditation for this program has expired. This program is for informational purposes.


The Practical Guidance for Building and Sustaining a Telestroke Webinar Series is brought to you by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc..

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