AcuteCare Telemedicine Blog

Philanthropy at Work

Aiming to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in a critical region of the United States, the Amerigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Corp., is providing a $50,000 grant to improve access to care in rural areas of Georgia. The grant was presented to the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT), an organization working to provide specialized healthcare services in underserved parts of the state through the use of telemedicine.

Georgia is part of a group of states in the southeast US comprising what is known in neurology circles as the ‘Stroke Belt,’ or ‘Stroke Alley,’ named for citizens’ propensity toward higher risk and morbidity of stroke due to several lifestyle factors. One such factor for elevated risk is larger ‘desert’ areas where rural residents do not live within an acceptable distance of a facility where they can receive proper treatment in cases of stroke. Funding programs such as this most recent grant by the Amerigroup Foundation can mean tremendous strides toward building the awareness and infrastructure needed to correct these less-than-ideal conditions, including instating telemedicine programs to eliminate the obstacle of distance between patient and doctor.

Teleneurology brings technology and expertise that are incredibly powerful tools in the fight against stroke. With time so precious, telemedicine programs are saving the lives of rural dwellers who previously had extremely limited options. The partners of AcuteCare Telemedicine are pleased to see the patronage of organizations concerned with creating better, more accessible care being put to good use.


The Impact of Technology on Neurological Care

Keeping up with technology remains as vital to the physicians of AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) now as it did 36 years ago.

In 1975, the neurology group which became ACT had the foresight to bring the first CT scanner to Georgia.  Installed in downtown Atlanta, this first-generation EMI scanner revolutionized neurological care in our region. Patients came from across the United States to be scanned on one of the first machines in the United States. The grainy images provided cutting-edge information that helped physicians diagnose and treat, saving lives.

Left: A 1975 brain CT. Right: A brain MRI in 2011. Notice the difference of detail in the images of brain structure in the newer scan.

ACT builds on this tradition of technological innovation by providing the highest quality neurological care to patients at distant hospitals.  Using high-quality video-conferencing technology, ACT’s neurologists swiftly evaluate patients in emergency rooms across the country.  When innovation is part of your culture, it is second nature.