Consider just one of the many neurological emergencies: stroke.
Stroke is the #1 cause of disability and the 2nd most common cause of death globally. In the US, nearly 800,000 cases of stroke occur each year, costing approximately $37 billion in healthcare expenses, there 17+ million cases of stroke annually of which 5.7 million are fatal. Some types of stroke currently can be treated with intravenous injection of a medicine, rtPA.
By delivering the patient to the hospital with the diagnosis of acute stroke established, the patient then only needs routine neuroimaging to establish the correct diagnosis which leads to IV rtPA treatment. Doing so eliminates the need for in-hospital physician evaluation, saving on-average 83 minutes of time to IV rtPA treatment.
This time saved translates into 37% increase in rtPA effectiveness and 3 times the number of treated patients. Due to its scalability, the Virtual Neurologist can be used in approximately 81,000 ambulances in the U.S. and 178,000 ambulances in Europe. Emergency departments in hospitals without neurologist services would similarly benefit from the Virtual Neurologist.