Telemedicine for deep brain stimulation

Telemedicine for DBS

The OHSU telemedicine network gives you secure, immediate access to the movement disorders team. If your patients are traveling to OHSU from a distance, they may also be able to complete some pre-surgery appointments or evaluations by telemedicine, as well as post-surgery follow-up and programming.

Benefits of telemedicine

Telemedicine has become more common in general practice. OHSU is one of the few centers offering telemedicine options for complex treatments such as DBS. You and your patients benefit from:

  • Increased access to specialty care.
  • Care in a familiar setting in the patient’s own community, under your management.
  • Specialist can see the patient in real time – especially valuable for assessing movement disorders.
  • A high-quality patient experience that replicates the face-to-face visit.
  • Reduced travel time, cost and effort for patient and their families.
Deep brain stimulation therapy can require a series of pre- and post-surgery specialty visits depending upon your patient’s diagnosis and circumstances. In many cases, patients only need to travel to Portland for surgery, completing most other visits and assessments in their communities. Telemedicine visits may include:
  • Pre-surgery and post-procedure assessments – depending on your patient’s individual situation. Some patients may require in-person pre-surgery evaluation with an OHSU neurologist, including patients with Parkinson’s disease who require testing while taking levodopa and without it (“on-off meds testing”).
  • Neuropsychological testing for evaluating patient’s cognitive abilities.
  • Recovery checks, post-surgery monitoring and stimulator programming, all without traveling to OHSU.

Providers may also use telemedicine to consult with the DBS team or train to program the DBS stimulator. Please call the OHSU Physician Consult & Referral Service at 800 245-6478. Learn more about DBS education and training.