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Lehigh Valley Health Network Announces Artificial Intelligence Technology on World Stroke Day

Lehigh Valley Health Network is the only health network in the region to offer this technology at every one of its hospital campuses.

Artificial intelligence is not just in the movies – it’s an innovative way of using technology to transform stroke care. To help detect stroke more rapidly and start lifesaving treatment even faster, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) now has leading-edge artificial intelligence software called Viz.ai to analyze the brain.

Gone are the days of waiting for a computer to boot up to view a computed tomography scan (CT scan). Viz.ai can identify large vessel occlusion (LVO) strokes and deliver focused imaging directly to the care team’s mobile devices. No matter which LVHN hospital the patient visits, every neurologist and interventional radiologist in the health network receives a CT notification with high-quality imaging. The team can consult with one another in real time using a texting-like HIPAA-compliant mobile interface.

“LVHN has award-winning stroke expertise, and now we are able to combine that with artificial intelligence,” says Steven Lewis, MD, Chief of Neurology at LVHN. “We are constantly looking for new ways to improve patient care, and this is an example of that.”

This technology can potentially save critical minutes, even hours, in the triage, diagnosis and treatment of strokes. Viz.ai’s image analysis facilitates the fast and accurate triage of suspected LVOs in stroke patients and drives fast treatment decisions to save brain and save lives.

“It’s truly revolutionizing care,” says Yevgeniy Isayev, MD, with LVPG Neurology. “With stroke care, every minute counts in saving a person’s brain, and Viz.ai estimates that this streamlined communication saves care teams an average of 20 minutes.”

Five hospitals in the health network received American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus awards. In fact, campuses across LVHN have received Get With The Guidelines recognition for more than a decade.

In 2012, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest became one of the first stroke centers in the United States to earn advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The LVH–Cedar Crest care team offers the highest standard of care for strokes, and this certification recognizes our expert staff and its advanced training in treating patients with complex strokes.

LVH–Muhlenberg, LVH–Hazleton, LVH–Schuylkill and LVH–Pocono all are certified Primary Stroke Centers. A Primary Stroke Center is a hospital that has developed special procedures to rapidly diagnose and treat a stroke emergency.

About LVHN

LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.