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Bringing the Neurologist to You

Teleneurology provides access to specialized care

Traveling to another hospital while you are experiencing neurological symptoms is a hardship for people. It is particularly difficult for older people or people who suffer from chronic conditions. Telemedicine can resolve many of those challenges. “The concept is to bring care to where the patient is,” says neurologist Nicole Purcell, DO, with LVPG Neurology. “Technology allows me to be in more than one physical space at a time to deliver specialized neurology services.”

Telemedicine brings specialty care to you

With TeleNeuroSciences (TeleNS), remote locations are furnished with a high-definition camera, monitor and portable computer all placed on a wheeled unit that can easily be brought to your bedside or examination room. The unit also has the ability to attach diagnostic tools such as a stethoscope or otoscope (used for ear exams). At all times, a clinician, such as a nurse, assists with the exam as an extension of the physician. “On my end I have a camera-equipped laptop,” Purcell says. “I can see patients, and they can see me. But I can physically be anywhere as long as I have a secure Wi-Fi connection that supports the system.”

Almost like an in-person appointment

Using TeleNS, Purcell can glean most of the information she would get from an in-person consultation. “I can talk to you, get a history, talk about medical problems and medications you take at home, and answer questions,” she says. “The only thing I can’t do is touch you, but a clinician on the other side helps facilitate a sensory exam.” Purcell also has access to medical records and can dictate notes that are entered into your home facility’s medical record system.

LVHN grows its telemedicine program

Purcell provides TeleNS care to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono [by fall], and Lehigh Valley Health Network partner locations. “People like TeleNS because they can stay right at their home hospital,” Purcell says. “For some, that means having access to specialized care they might not otherwise receive.”

Learn more about neurology services.