From The Wickenburg Sun

The future of medicine may increasingly mean that patients in rural areas won’t have to travel to a larger city to get specialty care. Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Bart Demaerschalk recently provided state legislators with a glimpse of the 21st century healthcare available if telemedicine legislation is passed by lawmakers this session.

As an example of how telemedicine works, Dr. Demaerschalk, Mayo Clinic’s medical director for synchronous services, gave a live demonstration of Mayo Clinic’s telestroke system which has been used in more than a dozen emergency rooms in rural Arizona, including in Wickenburg. The system provides 24-hour a day and 365 days a year neurologist for stroke assessment, diagnosis, and emergency treatments when time is most critical.

SB 1089, introduced by sponsor Sen. Heather Carter, Rep. Nancy Barto and others, seeks to expand access to telemedicine services across Arizona. The Senate Health Committee passed the bill by a vote of 8-0 and it now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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