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Partner hospitals see benefit of stroke telemedicine program LionNet


LionNet brings a Penn State Hershey Stroke Center specialist to the patient and partner hospital healthcare teams through video conferencing. The program has helped increase use of the clot-busting drug tPA.

It may be only two-and-a-half years old, but Penn State Hershey’s LionNet telestroke program has made it possible for more than 1,600 stroke patients to get lifesaving care close to home.

The regional stroke care network makes it possible for doctors in area emergency departments (EDs) to consult with Penn State Hershey specialists for faster diagnosis and treatment of strokes.

Partner hospitals connect with Penn State Hershey experts through real-time audio and video, allowing patients, family members, doctors and nursing staff to communicate with neuroscience specialists at Hershey as if they were standing in the same room, even though they may be miles away. Records and images are sent and viewed almost instantaneously.

When patients come to an ED with suspected stroke, they need immediate evaluation by a specialist who confirms the diagnosis and makes treatment recommendations, yet many community hospitals may not have neurologists and neurosurgeons available all the time.

Dr. Ray Reichwein (’91), co-director of the Penn State Hershey Stroke Center, said administration of the clot-busting intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (known as IV tPA) must be done within three to four-and-a-half hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. The faster it is prescribed and administered to a patient, the better the clinical outcomes.


January 30, 2015 at 7:09 am Leave a comment

Paz reports on highlights of Medical Center’s fiscal year

Highlights from across all four parts of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s mission were at the center of this week’s annual public board of directors meeting. Dr. Harold L. Paz, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine, addressed faculty, staff and community members. Paz discussed how new and expanded collaborations, growth in its clinical and research missions, and the presence of the first group of medical students in State College were all part of a successful 2011-12 fiscal year.

Read more about Dr. Paz’s presentation in this article >>

The presentation also included the following videos, each highlighting a key story from the past year:

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September 14, 2012 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Putting time back on our side: LionNet advances stroke care in the region

Physician using LionNet monitor to view scansThere’s a motto in stroke care: “Time is brain.” For stroke patients, hours–even minutes–can mean the difference between an excellent recovery and permanent neurological injury. According to the National Stroke Association, in the U.S., stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing more than 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.

At Penn State Hershey Stroke Center, patients receive new treatments and interventions that may reverse or reduce the effects of a stroke. Now, our stroke specialists are extending their knowledge out to the surrounding communities with the launch of the new Penn State Hershey telestroke program and network, called LionNet. Through LionNet, local community hospitals can access Penn State Hershey neurologists and neurosurgeons for real-time consultations using two-way audio-video technology. “The main benefit of this system is to allow an academic medical center [like Penn State Hershey] to integrate itself with community hospitals that don’t have the same level of advanced stroke care or who desire additional stroke support and guidance,” explains Raymond K. Reichwein, M.D., ’91, R ’96, co-director of Penn State Hershey Stroke Center, and director of the Neurology Stroke Program.

Often, local hospitals receiving a patient through the Emergency Department would like to access the level of knowledge or support available at Penn State Hershey to properly diagnose or treat a stroke. LionNet’s partnership model enables our partner community hospitals to treat more stroke patients and improve their overall outcomes through 24-7 access to Penn State Hershey Stroke Center physicians. Real-time consultations occur by simply activating the system where one of the Penn State Hershey specialists can get online to assess patients via a web cam. (more…)

July 25, 2012 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

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