19 December 2011
“This is the first study to demonstrate reliable stroke assessment using the iPhone 4,” saysEric R. Anderson, a neurology resident at Emory University.
“During a stroke there is a critical window of time to save the brain and every minute counts,” explains Anderson. “Effective treatment involves a timely and coordinated approach led by a neurologist specifically trained in all facets of acute stroke care.”
Anderson and his colleagues came up with the idea to use Apple’s innovative FaceTime software as a quick and economical solution to diagnose stroke from a distance.
“A person who is experiencing stroke symptoms and seeks care at a medical facility that does not offer acute stroke care should be able to be connected via the iPhone 4 with stroke specialists at another location who can see them with FaceTime video and assess their condition,” says Anderson.