Why HealthONE Virtual Network?

The viability and importance of the HealthONE Virtual Network is evidenced by the success of its stroke program. By the end of December, 2014, over 4,000 stroke telemedicine consults had been conducted with our network partners. Of those, 785 patients were deemed eligible for t-PA, the only clot-dissolving drug proven highly-effective at helping people experiencing strokes.

This translates to a 20% treatment rate for the clot‑busting therapy—an approximately four-fold increase over the national rate. 59% of rural patients treated tele-medically stay in their local hospital as well as 87% of urban and suburban patients, rather than being transferred to another facility.

  • Stroke kills almost 137,000 Americans each year. That's 1 in every 18 deaths.
  • On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke.
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females. (Source: American Stroke Association)

Bringing artificial intelligence to stroke care

Synchronized stroke care reduces time to notification of suspected large vessel occlusions. As the region’s leading provider of telestroke services, the HealthONE Virtual Network provides 24/7 neurology coverage for more than 50 hospitals in a five-state region. Now we’ve added artificial intelligence to automatically detect suspected large vessel occlusions (LVOs), providing earlier identification of stroke and helping improve time to therapeutic intervention.

What is A.I. LVO detection?

Artificial intelligence is used to automatically detect suspected LVOs on CTA imaging and directly alert the on-call stroke specialists about potentially treatable patients.

A.I. detection reduced time to notification for suspected LVO strokes by an average of 52 minutes*

How does it work?

Stroke-protocoled CTA images from remote hospitals are sent directly to the HealthONE Virtual Network where an advanced deep learning algorithm automatically analyzes them on a HIPAA-compliant cloud.

When a suspected LVO is found, an alert is sent to the on-call stroke specialists within less than 6 minutes,* where they are able to review images using a mobile viewer.

What Are the Benefits?

Automated detection could help identify more suspected LVOs and provide earlier notification to the stroke specialists, reducing time to therapeutic treatment and ensuring that only appropriate patients are transferred.

Being a part of the HealthONE Virtual Network allows our partner facilities to provide some of the most advanced stroke care to their communities.

*1 FDA De Novo DEN170073, Core Lab Study, 2 Center, n=44, Sensitivity 87.8%, Specificity 89.6%. 2017.