Smartphones in telemedicine have more than a few things right, according to a new Mayo Clinic study that highlights both their efficacy and quality in capturing medical images to evaluate stroke patients. The study, published in the Sept. issue of Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, is the first to test the effectiveness of smartphone teleradiology applications in a real-world telestroke network, according to Mayo Clinic officials. "Essentially what this means is that telemedicine can fit in our pockets," says Bart Demaerschalk, MD, professor of neurology, and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke. "For patients this means access to expertise in a timely fashion when they need it most, no matter what emergency room they may find themselves."
Healthcare IT News by Erin McCann