What is it?
Tele-neurology refers to the remote treatment and diagnosis of neurological conditions. Tele-neurology has its origins in tele-stroke care, which was developed to improve timeliness of care for hospitals with limited or no in-house neurology coverage. Tele-stroke care’s initial success has led to widespread adoption of the technology, resulting in the development of regional “hub and spoke” tele-stroke networks across the nation.
Stroke is just one application of tele-neurology. Other relevant conditions for tele-neurology include epilepsy, migraine, spine problems, autonomic disorders, movement disorders, psychiatry, cerebrovascular disease, and cognitive disorders, among others.
More recently, telemedicine has been used to support evolving neurology care needs across the care continuum, for patient triage, remote monitoring in the neuro-ICU, chronic management, and rehabilitation.