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New technology can help save lives

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New technology is allowing experts from across the world to care for patients here in Middle Tennessee, and it can be done in only a matter of seconds.

The new telemedicine program at TriStar medical centers will help save lives. The program virtually delivers experts to a patient's bedside.

All the on-call expert needs is a wireless connection. With the portable equipment, experts from across the world can zoom in on the patient's features, check X-rays, ask questions and even conduct physical exams.

"Most hospitals do not have 24/7 neurology coverage and this service allows a hospital to bring that expert to the bedside in no time," said Debra Philpot, a nurse at Skyline Medical Center.

Strokes are the No. 3 killer in the United States. Every 45 seconds someone in America has a stroke and depending on the time it takes to get patients care, they can have permanent disability or death.

"Every minute that goes by, 1.1 million brain cells are dying," said Philpot.

This is the largest telemedicine network in Middle Tennessee for strokes. The equipment is installed at Centennial, Skyline, Southern Hills, StoneCrest and Horizon medical centers. Three more hospitals will have the program this fall.

There is one neurologist per every 100,000 people in the United States. This network provides an instant doctor. Tri-Star Health Systems officials believe this may help them save more stroke victims than ever before.

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