August 2012

St. Joseph-Reading Partners in Stroke Telemedicine Network

Patients who come to St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa., with stroke symptoms have access to specialized neurologists and neurosurgeons through St. Joseph's partnership with Penn State Hershey’s LionNet telemedicine system.

With a sophisticated robotic system, LionNet provides on-demand patient data and live two-way audio and video that enables St. Joseph emergency physicians and neuro specialists to consult with specialists at Penn State Hershey.

St. Joseph and Penn State Hershey demonstrated LionNet at an event that also recognized a new state law. The Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act (Act 54) assures that patients with stroke symptoms will be quickly identified and transported to facilities that provide rapid triage, diagnostic evaluation and treatment.