Victorian Stroke Telemedicine team wins Victorian Public Healthcare Award
The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, now in their 14th year, are an annual celebration of excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives.
The 2018 awards reflected priority areas in healthcare identified by the government and focus on the sector’s ability to drive change and improve health outcomes for all Victorians. They recognise leadership and excellence in the provision of publicly-funded healthcare for the Victorian community.
The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program enables clinicians to collaborate across organisational boundaries to deliver the best care possible to patients with stroke, irrespective of their location.
The VST program is a virtual system linking 16 rural and regional Victorian hospitals to a network of Melbourne-based neurologists who provide treatment advice about patients with acute stroke symptoms.
The program relies on audio-visual communication between neurologists, patients and local doctors and there is real-time access to brain imaging to facilitate the remote consultations.