What is TeleStroke?

The Penn State Hershey TeleStroke program called LionNet is a partnership between regional community hospitals and Penn State Hershey, and is designed to improve patient care via telemedicine.

How does it work?

LionNet provides real-time remote audio-visual access to a neurological consult with a stroke neurologist or neurosurgeon. When a suspected stroke patient arrives at a partner emergency department (ED), the ED provider calls LionNet and is connected to a stroke expert. Using a sophisticated computer system and a webcam,  Penn State Hershey physicians provide consultation, examine the patient, review scans, and speak to the patient and family in real-time. A treatment recommendation is made and the local ED physician determines the best course of action.

Patient Benefits

  • Time saved is brain saved
  • Faster treatment improves recovery
  • Treatment may be provided locally reducing the need for travel to another hospital

Act 54 has set forth guidelines for pre-hospital providers to transport a patient with stroke symptoms to the closest stroke center.

Department of Health will maintain a directory of certified stroke centers that will be updated weekly. We are listed as Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.