Telemedicine in emergency rooms leading to faster diagnoses

COLORADO — A 38-year-old father and basketball coach says his life was saved because of a nearby specialist who evaluated him digitally.

“I literally never once remember talking to a screen or seeing a screen in a room,” DJ Stelly said of a telemedicine robot in an emergency room.

The ability for the ER to use a small machine to beam him in to a specialist 15 miles away saved him from having stroke. The specialist made the decision to airlift Stelly to a stroke center, where he spent four days in ICU before making a full recovery.

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