Telestroke Adoption, Cost, and Quality in Hospitals in North Carolina

Research center:
Rural Telehealth Research Center
Phone: 319.384.3830
Project funded:
September 2016
Project completed:
October 2018

There is some evidence to suggest that telestroke services can provide care comparable to in-person services, while keeping patients in their community. However, little is known about how hospital and community characteristics influence telestroke adoption or how telestroke program characteristics influence costs and quality of telestroke services. To address this need, the project examined hospitals in North Carolina to:

  1. Identify all hospitals providing telestroke services and characterize the structure (e.g., size, ownership), market (e.g., distance to nearest hospital with stroke services), and community characteristics (e.g., population size, income) of these hospitals using secondary data.
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  3. Compare these structural, market, and community characteristics of hospitals providing telestroke to hospitals that are not providing telestroke.