UChicago Medicine Telestroke Network

When someone has a stroke, every minute counts. A prompt diagnosis and treatment plan can mean the difference between recovery and lifelong disability. The University of Chicago Medicine Telestroke Network enables onsite and remote stroke experts to work collaboratively in real time to diagnose and treat stroke patients as quickly as possible to reduce stroke-related disabilities.

The telestroke network uses a high-tech communications platform and a high-resolution video system that allows a board-certified neurologist from the Comprehensive Stroke Center at UChicago Medicine to evaluate patients, review CT scans and help the affiliate emergency department physicians determine an appropriate care plan rapidly and effectively. This ensures patients will have access to UChicago Medicine neurologists and neurosurgeons experienced in the diagnosis and management of stroke even if the hospital does not have these specialists on site.

How Telestroke Works

Using a high-resolution video system, the neurologist can speak face-to-face with patients and their families, and even evaluate the patient’s pupils. In addition, the neurologist will have instant access to the patient’s medical information, including CT scans, vital signs and lab results. Together, the stroke neurologist and clinical team can determine a care plan - whether it be at the local hospital or transferred to the Comprehensive Stroke Center in Hyde Park.

The UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center in Hyde Park is a Telestroke Hub for three area hospitals, including Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Silver Cross Hospital.

Stroke Center

The University of Chicago Medicine is a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, nationally recognized for its expertise in providing the highest level of care for stroke patients.

Learn more about our stroke and neurovascular services