TEMPiS is a telemedicine project for integrated stroke care in the region of South-East Bavaria. In 2003, two stroke centers were combined with 12 (now 16) regional clinics into a telemedicine network in South-East Bavaria/Germany to promote modern management methods and consultations, particularly in rural regions. The transfer of the project to regular operation in 2005 enabled the unique opportunity for all participating doctors at rural sites to get 24/7 support by stroke specialists from the Munich-Harlaching and the University Hospital Regensburg. Nowadays, as a result of TEMPiS, stroke patients from rural regions of the South-East Bavaria, receive comparable treatment for stroke as patients from cities.
How does TEMPiS work? The stroke expert is immediately connected to the emergency room via video communication. He can directly interview the patient and examine them together with the local neurologist. Simultaneously, the CT-images from the patient can be transmitted within a few seconds to the telemedicine center for the assessment procedure. The stroke professional can decide within few minutes, whether the thrombolysis should be performed. As a result of this groundbreaking TEMPiS concept, the population of rural South-East Bavaria, now has an effective stroke treatment that previously, could only have been provided by the stroke centers of large cities.
All of the 16 participating hospitals are connected to a virtual network created by MEYTEC. MEYTEC has equipped all hospitals with specific network components, workstations, video communication systems, high-quality remote-controlled video cameras and wireless microphones for the doctors. MEYTEC has also provided the platform for the image transfer and image editing software using the DICOM standard.
In 2013 TEMPiS-stroke network celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since 2003, more than 31,800 teleconsultations have been provided and more than 1,800 patients are lysed. In 2012 alone, they have performed 4,513 teleconsultations and treated more than 7,200 patients from all associated clinics (state of 2012).