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Overcoming Challenges

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Business Model StrategiesProgram Date: Dec.13, 2011

Estimated Time: 1 hour

This activity is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources and National Stroke Association.

Accreditation for this program has expired. This program is for informational purposes.

Program Overview

The 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

Goals and Learning Objectives

Through participation in this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Identify and address existing obstacles to telestroke network implementation
  • Discuss key components to maintaining the logistical and/or operational sustainability of a telestroke network
  • Summarize methods to acquire, educate and maintain telestroke team members
  • Discuss telestroke technology and its issues

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.

Content Developed and Presented By

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

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

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, Medical Education Resources identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Medical Education Resources resolves conflicts to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported or used in a CME activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Medical Education Resources is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

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

Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, MSc, FRCP  Investigator: National Stroke Association sponsored study on telestroke funded by Genentech, Inc.
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:

Name of Content Managers Reported Financial Relationship
Lori Conwell, CCMEP, MER No financial relationships to disclose


The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources, National Stroke Association, and/or Genentech, Inc. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Medical Education Resources, National Stroke Association and/or Genentech, Inc.  MER’s ANCC accreditation status does not imply endorsement by MER or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

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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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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