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Jackson Hospital Receives Telestroke Robot for Stroke Care

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For the first time Jackson Hospital can help stroke patients receive immediate care by a skilled neurologist with the aid of a new device. Before the Telestroke Robot, people in Jackson County had to visit Dothan, Tallahassee or Panama City to get a stroke diagnosis and treatment.

The device works similarly to a webinar. The robot is placed in a patient's room and one of three neurologists from Panama City is able to assess and diagnose a stroke patient. The InTouch Light Telestroke Robot enables Jackson Hospital patient's access to neurologist from the comfort of their own community hospital.

Doctors will be able to do everything they need just as if they were in the room. Doctors dial in, review the patient by zooming in on the eyes and speak to them. In a matter of minutes, they are able to give the proper diagnosis. For stroke patients time is of the essence. A diagnosis must be determined within 3 to 4 hours and now Jackson Hospital is one step closer to stroke certification. In order for Jackson Hospital to be stroke certified the Joint Commission will take a look at hospital procedures and then award certification if they pass. The robot takes the hospital one step closer to certification.