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Toolkit Allows Doctors to Treat Patients from a Distance

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Stroke patients may soon be treated by a doctor before they even arrive at the hospital. University of Virginia researchers have developed a mobile telemedicine toolkit.

Here's how it works: When a patient is in an ambulance traveling to the hospital, the doctor will assess them using streaming video from an iPad.

"The sooner you can treat stroke patients, the better you can offer them the chance of a meaningful recovery and so using telemedicine is all about reaching out to stroke patients who might not otherwise have access to neurological expertise,” said UVA Dr. Andy Sutherland.

Researchers say the telemedicine toolkit will be especially helpful for stroke patients who are traveling from far away. It gives the doctor a chance to assess the patient 20 or 30 minutes before they would typically see them.

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