After preliminary testing in the ICU, clinics and ED, a multidisciplinary team of endovascular surgeons, neurologists and interventional cardiologists; intensivists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse educators; as well as, administrators and finance personnel from SJMO developed the program concept and rollout plan.
A central tenet of MSN is that there would be no cost to participating hospitals in the network, as the technology is pro vided as part of SJMO's community benefit ministry program.
Rob Fisher, associate VP, Rural Network Development at SJMO, and Connie F.
The SJMO campus was already equipped with an 802.11g wireless network, so the first order of business was making sure that the remote hospitals in the network had a compatible and robust wireless infrastructure and Internet capabilities.
Joseph Bander, M.D., director of adult critical care for SJMO, had worked with earlier versions of the RP-7 in addition to other robotic technology.
MSN developed an extensive support system for patients and families who are thrust into unfamiliar settings after transport to SJMO. The support includes special packages for stroke transfer patients, which are placed in the EDs of participating hospitals.