Telemedicine for Stroke Care and Rehabilitation

Jan 10 8:00am | Jen Picker | @jenniferpicker

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed how much of healthcare was delivered in the United States, including some aspects of stroke care. Telemedicine, in which doctor and patient communicate via telephone or video conference, allowed stroke patients and their doctors to continue meeting for post-stroke rehabilitative and preventive treatment visits.

According to Lee Schwamm, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for TeleHealth and vice president of virtual care for Mass General Brigham in Boston, "Telehealth was predominantly a small or boutique practice for most hospitals prior to COVID-19, but once the pandemic hit, we pretty much shut the door to most patients. Telehealth was an amazing opportunity to continue patient care virtually.”

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