WesleyCare Telemedicine Network

WesleyCare Telemedicine Network

Wesley’s telemedicine program helps rural hospitals diagnose and treat strokes.

Many small or rural hospitals do not have a neurologist available to diagnose and treat stroke patients. WESLEYCare Telemedicine Network (WCTN) helps connect physicians and patients in these hospitals with a neurologist any time of the day or night.

The WCTN uses a mobile “robot,” which has an onboard computer, monitor, high-resolution camera and microphone. Within minutes, the local physician and patient can be communicating with an experienced neurologist who can view the patient’s symptoms and discuss them with the local physician and patient. Medical data, including imaging scans, can also be transmitted. The local physician and neurologist can then develop a treatment plan.

Wesley is a certified Stroke Center, with Dr. Calvin Olmstead serving as a medical director of neurology.

Dr. Calvin Olmstead obtained his medical degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and completed his neurology residency at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and serves as the medical director of Wesley’s stroke program and its WESLEYCare Telemedicine Network.

The growing use of telemedicine is providing lifesaving benefits to patients and support for physicians throughout the country. There are an estimated 200 telemedicine networks in the United States involving 2,000 medical institutions. These networks are used for consultations in several specialties, including mental health, trauma, burns, pediatric care, pharmacy, chronic care management and many other areas. Telemedicine’s potential is virtually limitless and in some communities has become a standard of care.

For more information about Wesley’s Telemedicine Program, please contact:

Megan Canter
Director of Telemedicine
HCA Healthcare

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