Telehealth services provide new kind of healthcare

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Doctors are now using video technology to provide patients with faster healthcare.

It’s called telehealth. Starting June 1, it will be available at IU Health Arnett Hospital.

Medical officials said the hospital will be offering telestroke and telepsych services. That means if a patient has a stroke and comes into the emergency room, doctors can now Skype with a neurologist off-campus.

Assistant medical director Nick Sansone said that means faster treatment.

“With a stroke, we have a finite period of time where we can assess, diagnose and treat someone with a stroke,” said Sansone. “So, the telestroke really decreases that time.”

Sansone said it’s also beneficial for rural communities that may be far from any sort of healthcare.

The telehealth service has already been in place at IU White Memorial Hospital. Sansone said it’s been very successful.

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