The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program is an initiative which enables clinicians to collaborate across organisational boundaries to deliver the best care possible to patients with stroke, irrespective of their location. The VST program is a virtual system which links rural and regional Victorian hospitals to a network of Melbourne-based neurologists who can provide treatment advice about patients with acute stroke symptoms. The program relies on audio-visual communication between neurologists, patients and local doctors and there is real-time access to brain imaging to facilitate the remote consultations.
The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
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.



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