Grand View, Penn Partner for Teleneurology Consults

SELLERSVILLE PA – Patients of Grand View Health who need advanced neurological services will be able to obtain them around the clock under a partnership announced Friday (Nov. 19, 2021) between it and Penn Medicine.

Under the agreement, Penn Medicine will provide advanced services that include telestroke and teleneurology consultations. It intends to provide patients who need emergency neurological evaluations with access to neurologists from Penn Medicine. Telestroke emergency consults are scheduled to begin on Nov. 27 (Saturday). Teleneurology consults may start in February 2022, it added.

Grand View already works in what it said were “well-received” Penn Medicine partnerships dealing with trauma, cancer and orthopaedics. Grand View also is designated as a primary stroke center by the American Heart and American Stroke associations. The health system operates outpatient care centers in Pennsburg and Harleysville.

Penn’s telestroke program enables its providers to communicate with hospital care teams, and quickly evaluate and treat people experiencing an acute stroke. Because time matters when having a stroke, the program’s ultimate goal is to prevent any further damage to the brain.

Its teleneurology program expands access for patients who require inpatient neurological evaluations. Meetings with providers will be available through secure, government-compliant connections. Patients will be examined using enhanced cameras and assistance from a dedicated, neurology-trained advanced practice provider on location with patients.

“Telemedicine can be a remarkable tool to deliver neurology care,” Penn Department of Neurology Professor and Chair Dr. Frances Jensen said. “We can provide more timely consults for patients in the convenience of their hospital room … a tremendous benefit for patients with neurological conditions.”

“Providing access to some of the top neurologists in the country will improve outcomes for people suffering a stroke or in need of neurological evaluation,” Grand View interim President and CEO Doug Hughes added.

Telemedicine photo from the National Cancer Institute via Unsplash, used under license