Patients with ischemic stroke have a greater likelihood of undergoing reperfusion therapy and having a subsequent lower day mortality if they are treated at hospitals using telestroke, a real-time videoconference consultation solution that connects a remotely located stroke specialist with a patient and a healthcare provider, according to a study in JAMA Neurology. This study included traditional Medicare beneficiaries with acute ischemic stroke mean age, Patients were matched based on sociodemographic, clinical characteristics, and hospital characteristics as well as the month and year of hospital admission. The primary outcome of the study was the receipt of reperfusion treatment through thrombolysis with thrombectomy or alteplase. Other measures included the day mortality rate and healthcare spending through 90 days from time of admission. Functional status, defined by the number of days spent living in the community following discharge, was also assessed.
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