Telestroke joins eHealth Ontario’s ENITS program

eHealth Ontario recently expanded ENITS to include stroke consultation.

ENITS, the emergency neuro image transfer system, is an award-winning, centralized, secure, web-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) that makes remote neurological consultations easier, faster and more accurate. Referring hospitals across the province ‘push’ head CT images to ENITS where they can be accessed by neuro specialists anytime, anywhere. Simply put, ENITS is a provincial platform for the diagnosis and treatment of emergency head trauma patients.

Working with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and CritiCall Ontario, eHealth Ontario recently expanded ENITS to include stroke consultation. Now, OTN’s 10 neurologists are registered and using ENITS. This means the province now has one common platform for all emergency neuro care, including not only head trauma, but stroke as well.

This initiative has life-saving implications. The ENITS system allows specialists and emergency room physicians to properly assess the stage and severity of the stroke and determine whether the tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) injection is a viable option. If administered within two hours, tPA can prevent paralysis and even death.