UT Teleneurology – Bringing World-Class Neurological Care to Your Community
The Telemedicine Program is a collaborative network of hospitals working to deliver highly advanced stroke and neurological care. A joint project of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the Telemedicine Program provides 24/7 neurology consultations at your hospital, helping network members avoid transfers by treating as many patients at their hospitals as possible.
VISION: To build a collaborative network of hospitals working together to deliver comprehensive neurological/neurosurgical care, and be the leader delivering high quality outcomes and services via telemedicine in the Southeast Texas Region.
Highlights of our program include:
24/7 neurology consultations for network hospitals, including stroke and all other acute neurological consultations in the Emergency department
- Member hospitals are freed from having to maintain a continuous neurology call schedule. You and your physicians decide how often you need to use our services.
- Consultation notes are maintained at your hospital as part of your patients’ medical records.
Treatment of as many cases as possible at your hospital
- The Telemedicine Program helps you avoid unnecessary patient transfers.
- We help you define protocols to determine which diagnoses should remain at your hospital and which should be transferred.
Access to leading neurological and neurosurgical care at our Texas Medical Center location
- Patients who require a higher level of care have access to Memorial Hermann Life Flight® or may choose another air ambulance service to be quickly transported to the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC.
- We accept all patients from our network hospitals, regardless of resource status, in accordance with agreed-upon transfer guidelines-based protocols.
- Cutting-edge, FDA-approved technology and well-known experts in emergency neurology care
- Hospitals in the Telemedicine Program are linked to the full range of resources at Memorial Hermann-TMC through technology provided by an advanced teleconferencing company, InTouch Health.
Consultations are provided by world class stroke neurologists and stroke fellows in the UT Stroke Program at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Delivering Comprehensive Neurological Care across Southeast Texas
The Telemedicine Program brings world-class neurological care to hospitals within a 150-mile radius of Houston. When indicated, patients who require a higher level of care may be quickly transported to the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC by air ambulance.
Pioneers in Treating Acute Stroke
The MNI Stroke Center at Memorial Hermann-TMC was one of the first dedicated stroke programs in the world and was the first Joint Commission-accredited primary stroke center in the region. Staffed by our stroke faculty, the Center maintains a position at the leading edge of medicine.
Annually, more than 2,000 stroke patients are treated at the MNI Stroke Center and more than 2,500 neurosurgical procedures are performed each year at Memorial Hermann-TMC. Our faculty administers life-saving tPA more often and more effectively than most hospitals across the nation. What’s more, our technology provider, InTouch Health, offers the finest telemedicine products on the market.
Who We Are
Tzu-Ching (Teddy) Wu, MD – Telemedicine Division Lead
Program Manager – Christy Ankrom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lone Star Stroke Consortium Telestroke Registry (LESTER): Patient registry on all telemedicine treated stroke patients through the Lone Star Stroke Consortium Telestroke Network to understand how stroke care is delivered and how outcomes are achieved.
Nursing-driven Acute Stroke Care (NAS-Care): To determine the effect of nursing-driven stroke protocols in telestroke hospitals and to identify institutional and network level variables that contribute to efficient high quality telestroke care.
Feasibility of Video Teleconference Self-management TO Prevent Stroke (V-STOP) for Underserved Texas Residents: Determine the feasibility of providing Video-Teleconference (VT) delivery of patient self-management education and stroke risk factor management to Texas residents with limited access to outpatient stroke care and who are at risk for second stoke due to a history of stroke or TIA and poorly controlled vascular risk factors.