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Telemedicine for Neurological Emergencies

The UNM Department of Neurosurgery has been engaged in the integration of neuro-imaging with neurosurgical consultation for over 10 years. The department first developed a consultative service with community-based hospitals and later received funding for providing image-enhanced consultations with the Indian Health Service.

The very positive response both clinically and medically to this program led to the submission of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services statewide contract for using advanced live consultations via audio and video feeds in conjunction with image transfer to provide the state-of-the-art care to rural New Mexico. The ACCESS grant for providing emergent neurological focused care was funded in September 2014 and it is being fully implemented with a cloud-based communication network and a Red Cap-based data collection system that will assess the program’s clinical and financial.