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Panama City, Fl - One of the major causes of disability in the U.S. is stroke.  This can especially be difficult for patients in rural areas, but telemedicine is allowing Neurologists at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center to evaluate patients in rural areas in Jackson, Calhoun and Leon counties that wouldn't normally have access to these doctors.

Dr. Hoda Elzawahry explains, "Telemedicine is our ability to reach to patients in outlying areas with telecommunication, just like
Skype or any other type of telecommunications system."

There's a special clot-busting medicine than can be given to stroke patients within a specific time frame to help prevent disability.  That's why assessment by a Neurologist is so important.  The Neurologist at Gulf Coast can use the telemedicine robot to get a 360 degree view of the patient.

This system has been utilized at Gulf Coast for six months, and Dr. Elzawahry says they have seen a great increase in rural stroke patients being able to receive the clot busting medicine in time to make a difference.

You can attend a Lunch and Learn event about telemedicine on Wednesday, June 11 at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's Learning Center from noon until 1 p.m.   To register for the event, call 747-3600.   A box lunch will be provided.