Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Specifically, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all tissues. Neurologists are trained to investigate, diagnose and treat neurological disorders.
- In 2011, Anna Jaques contracted with NeuroCall, affiliated with BIDMC, to provide our Emergency Department (ED) physicians with around the clock access to board certified neurologists, particularly with an emphasis on stroke patients. Specialists from the Neurology Department at BIDMC provide high quality, seamless coverage for NeuroCall’s network. When patients at Anna Jaques are suffering stroke-like symptoms, AJH Emergency Department physicians and the neurologists at NeuroCall talk to one another face to face over a high speed internet connection and “Skype-like” video technology to examine the patient together and discuss the best course of treatment.
- Our collaboration with NeuroCall is helping us improve outcomes for patients and save lives. It is particularly helpful in the decision whether or not the patient with stroke symptoms should be given the clot-dissolving medication tPA. Recently, Anna Jaques received a grade of 100% in a recent Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) study of appropriate use of tPA – similar to best practice in Boston area teaching and community hospitals.
Outside of NeuroCall, AJH collaborates with New England Neurological Associates, P.C., specializing in epileptology, the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, in addition to general neurology. The practice’s resources include neurosurgery, spine surgery, neurology, physiatry, pain medicine, rheumatology, psychiatry and psychology.