The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program is a ground breaking initiative, which transforms the way clinicians collaborate across organisational boundaries to deliver the best care possible to stroke patients irrespective of their location. The VST is a virtual system which links doctors at rural Victorian hospitals to a network of Melbourne-based neurologists who provide treatment advice about patients with stroke symptoms. Neurologists have high quality audio-visual communication, real-time access to vital patient data and brain imaging to facilitate remote consultations.
The objectives of the program are to evaluate the potential benefits of telemedicine for enhancing capability in regional hospitals, reduce diagnostic delays and improve access to effective acute stroke treatments. In particular, improving access to intravenous thrombolysis which is proven to lead to better patient outcomes.