Study: Telestroke Cost-Effective Compared to Usual Emergency Department Care

Connecting stroke specialists, emergency department physicians and their stroke patients through telestroke is cost-effective compared to care in emergency departments without telestroke, according to a study published in Neurology.

Researchers studied the literature and western states' experiences to assess the costs and benefits of telestroke in 90-day and lifetime horizons. They found that compared to usual care, telestroke produced an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $108,363 per quality-adjusted life-year in the 90-day horizon and $2,449 per QALY in the lifetime horizon.

The authors suggested telestroke is cost-effective compared to usual care because telestroke requires costs upfront but yields lifelong benefits.

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