The American Heart/Stroke Association forecasts that by 2030, there will be nearly 3.4 million stroke cases annually and the annual cost will reach $240 billion*. This number doesn’t account for the emotional toll that long-term hospital care can take on patients and their families. When we say that healthcare is at maximum pressure (maxQ), we mean it. These are problems that require innovative solutions that aid both the patient and the hospital.
Growing caseloads, staff shortages, and increasing financial constraints demand more results in less time. These demands are even more acute in community and rural hospitals, which may not have a neuroradiologist on-site or the necessary resources to handle complex cases.
Studies have shown that new technology can make a difference. For example, according to a Kaiser study published in The Permanente Journal, the use of a life-saving clot-dissolving treatment (tPA) for patients with acute ischemic stroke increased by 73 percent following the implementation of a telestroke program*. Telestroke programs allow emergency physicians in hospitals without in-house stroke Neurology and Neurological units to engage a Neurologist at a remote location, sometimes even before a suspected stroke patient arrives in an ambulance to ER.
The study demonstrates how new solutions can increase confidence and enable faster stroke treatment and improved patient outcomes. At MaxQ AI, our mission is to reinvent patient diagnosis through artificial intelligence (AI), improved triaging and diagnostics processes, and reduction of avoidable medical errors and costs —all leading to better patient outcomes.