In many areas, even finding a medical specialist willing to see a TBI patient under a medicolegal case can be nearly impossible.
Even worse, brain injuries are some of the most overlooked and underdiagnosed traumatic pathologies. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation found that 56% of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (another word for concussion) were NOT diagnosed during their emergency room visit.
All of these issues led our team at Ethos Health Group and Florida Spine and Injury to create a platform called TeleTBI that brings the most cutting-edge neurological care to patients all over the state.
Telemedicine is not a novel concept in the world of health care, as a matter of fact it has been used since 2002 in the VA system to assess veterans with TBI. Mayo Clinic also utilized telemedicine-based visits in their treatment of TBI patients.
Perhaps most amazing is the emergence of a program called TeleStroke that allows neurologists working remotely to diagnose and treat stroke patients in emergency rooms much faster than waiting for the specialist on call to physically arrive at the hospital. This program has led to improved outcomes in a situation where every minute matters when the brain is deprived of blood flow.
So telemedicine is nothing new, and is becoming increasingly more common in a variety of settings. But any medical encounter is only as good as the providers delivering the care.
It is for this reason that we are proud to partner with Maria Ramirez Hubbard, MD, FAAN, currently one of 8 neurologists in the state of Florida board certified in Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Hubbard is aware of the challenges faced by both patients and legal professionals in TBI cases and works to find the best diagnostic and treatment options.
It is this experience that lead her to partner with us to develop what we refer to as our TBI Mobile Diagnostic Suite, a battery of objective diagnostic testing that can be performed at any Ethos Health Group or Florida Spine and Injury location to provide measurable, objective evidence of TBI, even when MRIs or CTs are normal (which they are up to 80% of the time according to the latest medical literature).