Nicolab has been awarded a prestigious three-year contract to supply stroke workflow software and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostics for the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) service in Viewbank, Australia.
The VST service—a virtual platform that connects healthcare professionals across multiple hospitals—aims to deliver “exceptional stroke care” regardless of a patient’s location, a press release states.
By leveraging Nicolab’s state-of-the-art StrokeViewer solution, clinicians gain real-time access to critical brain imaging analysis and diagnostic insights, which is intended to enable remote consultations and expedited treatment decisions.
The release goes on to note that patients residing in regional areas face a 19% higher risk of suffering from strokes, and that the VST service attempts to bridge this gap by fostering collaboration among stroke consultants, patients, and local clinicians, empowering them to provide immediate and comprehensive care.
Presently, the network connects 17 hospitals in the Australian state of Victoria and two hospitals in Tasmania to an esteemed panel of stroke specialists who offer treatment advice for patients exhibiting acute stroke symptoms.
“Through AI-powered stroke diagnostics and the expertise of stroke specialists, our staff can accurately diagnose the stroke type and initiate appropriate treatment promptly,” explained Chris Bladin (Ambulance Victoria, Melbourne, Australia). “This expedites the commencement of treatment and facilitates the prioritisation of patients requiring transfer to specialised treatment facilities.”
Nicolab’s StrokeViewer leverages contemporary and secure cloud technology with the goal of enabling “seamless and expedited access” to stroke care. This innovative solution offers scalability, allowing for future expansion and increased accessibility to vital stroke services, the release continues.
“This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission to leverage technology for improved patient outcomes and enhanced healthcare accessibility,” said Nicolab CEO Merel Boers. “We are eager to collaborate with the Victorian government and healthcare providers to make a positive impact on stroke care and treatment in regional and remote areas.”