FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is offering a new method of helping potential stroke victims. It’s called telestroke and it involves connecting patients to specialists via two-way audio and video technology.

The hospital’s Emergency Department announced the new program, which is in partnership with Providence Health and Services, last week.

According to a news release, the new technology connects patients to a vascular neurologist.

“The telestroke assessment mirrors an in-person consultation or exam with the FMH Emergency Department provider physically present, with patient confidentiality being paramount,” said FMH Emergency Department Manager Julie Fry in a prepared statement. “Living in the interior can present challenges in accessing the premier specialized care. At FMH, we see this as an opportunity to partner with the best resources, technology and specialists while living in the location we want to live.”

The video consultation will involve assessing the medical situation and discussing “critical next steps,” the news release stated. 

Research reportedly shows that faster treatment results in better outcomes for stroke patients.