Confidence and speed in clinical diagnosis
All solutions start with insight. But groundbreaking ones start with truly deep, expert understanding – as in the case of the Stroke Navigator.
In the event of a stroke, some 2 million brain cells start to die every minute. Fast diagnosis and treatment is essential, as captured by the slogan ‘time is brain’. The best possible care requires hospitals to provide 24/7 access to neurological services. Small, rural hospitals however can often not afford to have neurologists on staff around the clock. Such hospitals increasingly make use of telemedicine centers that provide remote, 24/7 neurological services to subscribers. To minimize time-to-treatment, and to help prevent clinical errors due to miscommunication, efficient and reliable collaboration between bedside care providers and telemedicine center is needed.
Both hospitals and telemedicine centers can now benefit from Stroke Navigator, a new clinical decision support tool developed by Philips Research in close cooperation with Philips Healthcare Visicu. As a collaborative tool, it provides contextual forms that allow care providers on both sides to efficiently access and exchange patient data.
|A doctor performs an initial assessment of the presence/severity of stroke.|
It also assists them in following stroke care protocols, for example, by helping to make sure that all relevant data is collected and is known when, where and by whom it is needed; and progress bars indicate how much time is left for critical steps. In short, Stroke Navigator helps to improve a stroke patient’s chances of successful recovery.
|Stroke Navigator helps clinicians diagnose the correct stroke sub-type.|
For several years our researchers worked closely with the Philips business and healthcare professionals in Europe and the United States, designing the system and testing the results in the field. It was a long and detailed process, a journey of discovery and understanding.
“Sometimes groundbreaking solutions don’t require new technology,” says Charles Lagor of Philips Research. “What they do require is a thorough understanding of users’ needs.”
|Medical staff conduct a patient re-assessment after treatment for ischemic stroke.|
Visicu utilized the diagnostic and therapeutic timers, societal guidelines and back-end reporting structure in Stroke Navigator to develop its first version of eConsultant. Visicu clients now have the best multiple user software for managing remote stroke care that is integrated into the eICU center and provides for a coordinated tele-stroke network.