Telemedicine Consults & Transfers
Every second counts for patients showing symptoms of stroke, brain aneurysm or other neurovascular disease. Through a high-tech telemedicine system, our neuroscience specialists are able to evaluate patients in other hospitals’ emergency rooms – in real time.
Abington Hospital specialists, along with their colleagues at Jefferson University Hospital, partner with hospitals throughout the Delaware Valley to provide consults for patients at their emergency departments. We are also regional referral centers that accept patients who are transferred to Abington Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences or Jefferson University Hospital for higher levels of care.
Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience provides Jefferson Expert Teleconsulting (JET) in connection with its Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN).
Using these telemedicine systems, our specialists are able to examine patients, even speak directly with them and/or family members.
How Telemedicine Works
Designed with secure videoconferencing technology, the telemedicine system enables our neurologists, neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons to:
- Consult with an emergency physician at the other hospital
- Speak with the patient and family
- Examine the patient
- Review medical history and laboratory results
- View radiology images
Together, the physicians may decide that local care is appropriate or that the patient should be transferred to Abington Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences or Jefferson University Hospital for more advanced treatment with our experts.
Transfer After Consult
Telemedicine consult happens quickly, so transfer can be fast if needed. Abington – Jefferson Health’s One-Call Transfer Service handles transfers rapidly, 24/7. Transferred patients may be treated with the latest technology in Abington's Neurovascular Laboratory and cared for in our neurocritical intensive care unit (neuro-ICU).
JET also facilitates access to all of the resources at JHN, including dual-trained neurosurgeons, advanced technology and leading-edge clinical trials in which we partner with the National Institutes of Health – at the disposal of patients, their families and physicians in need of a second expert opinion.
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