Contact: Andrea Sellers
Earlier this year, Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages® Regional Hospital began utilizing the RAPID imaging platform from iSchemaView, bringing the most advanced and only FDA approved brain imaging software platform for stroke patients to the area. Recently adopted by American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, RAPID is a new class of automated brain imaging software that allows doctors to quickly visualize reductions in blood flow to the brain and early signs of brain injury.
“Implementation of the RAPID platform across our Central Florida Health facilities enables us to continue to provide the most advanced care in the treatment of stroke and assures patients that our team of skilled physicians is armed with the most powerful technology to allow them to visualize blood flow deficits to the brain and make immediate critical decisions for those patients with the most severe strokes,” said Selina Ancheta, BSN, RN, SCRN, System Stroke Coordinator for The Villages® Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
The RAPID platform enables physicians to easily communicate about the extent of a patient’s blood flow changes in the brain. Images are immediately available to doctors via hospital communication systems and are sent through a HIPPA portal to the stroke team physicians at UF Health Shands.
“With more experts looking and assisting in the treatment of our stroke patients, we are able to offer a higher quality of care at a faster pace,” continued Ancheta.
The Villages® Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center have both earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers after a rigorous onsite review. The surveyors evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements such as program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Through the deployment of the RAPID platform, our physicians are able to quickly identify the plan of care needed for those patients suffering from the most devastating strokes. Blood flow changes in the brain can be instantly shared with our affiliates at UF Health Shands so their Vascular Neurology and Neurosurgery teams can review each case prior to transfer,” concluded Ancheta.