In 2003, two-hospital Georgia Regents Health System in Augusta began offering remote stroke teleconsultations with mid-sized and smaller hospitals in the region. Today, it serves 29 hospitals and has conducted nearly 4,000 examinations.

The delivery system now is expanding to offer a range of other teleconsultations that include other neurological conditions, as well as pulmonary, psychiatry and pediatric care. Lessons learned from stroke consultations often apply to other remote examinations, say Steve McGraw, CEO at telemedicine vendor REACH Health and Jeffrey Switzer, D.O., a Georgia Regents neurologist who has conducted teleconsultations since 2006.

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