What Artificial Intelligence Can Do for Stroke Patients

June 07, 2021 Posted in: Stroke Care

With new technology and innovations comes the decision about whether to invest and adopt that technology. How do physicians and hospital staff know when to take that step? Hospital leadership thinks about the patients and what the impact would be for those they treat. Leadership also needs to consider how it will affect their frontline workers. According to Justin Gnau, chief information officer for CommonSpirit Health’s Texas Division, it’s imperative for hospitals to invest in technology responsibly without getting distracted by shiny new devices. 

Baylor St. Luke’s Is First in Houston To Adopt Artificial Intelligence for Stroke Care

As one of the leaders in stroke care in Houston and the surrounding areas, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center continues on its promise to leverage the most advanced innovations to provide the best care to its patients. Baylor St. Luke’s invested in artificial intelligence technology to service the stroke care team in diagnosing stroke and providing efficient and reliable treatment. Viz.ai technology allows for rapid detection and notification of suspected large vessel occlusion (LVO) strokes. 

“Viz.ai’s applied artificial intelligence solutions have been developed by top stroke clinicians and technical experts in the world, and we are excited to be able to bring these transformational technologies to Baylor St. Luke’s and our community.”

-Dr. Chethan P Venkatasubba Rao, Medical Director of the Neuroscience ICU at Baylor St. Luke’s

With Stroke, Timing Is Everything

During a stroke, timing is the most important factor for minimizing brain damage. Knowing the signs of a stroke will allow for F.A.S.T. action in the event of an emergency.

  • Face. Does one side of the face droop when smiling?
  • Arm. If the person raises their arms, does one droop?
  • Speech. Is the speech slurred or strange?
  • Time. If someone around you is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

How Viz.ai Technology Can Help Stroke Patients

Dr. Omar Tanweer and Dr. Daniel Raper, neurosurgeons at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, explain the process behind using Viz.ai’s artificial intelligence technology to assist in stroke care.

Physicians will save minutes, even hours, when treating stroke patients with Viz.ai assisting in the triage, diagnosis, and treatment processes. With groundbreaking applied artificial intelligence combined with seamless communication, Viz.ai's image analysis helps with the fast and accurate triage of potential LVOs in stroke patients and allows for better collaboration between physicians.

“Before, we had to make decisions on the fly or quantify the images from the CAT scan, which is a laborious process that can take hours to complete. The Viz.ai software bypasses the guesswork and allows for early intervention, which results in improved outcomes for our patients.”

-Dr. Rao

Viz.ai’s technology has also allowed for optimized hospital workflow and synchronizing stroke care with its cloud-based system. This is a prime example of competent and practical investment in technology in medicine. Locate your nearest St. Luke's Health Comprehensive Stroke Center or affiliated emergency room for when minutes matter.


Baylor St. Luke's Outcomes | Artificial Intelligence Stroke Care


HealthTech Magazines | Thoughtful adoption of new health care technology benefits everyone

St. Luke's Health | Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the First to Bring Applied Artificial Intelligence to Stroke Care in Greater Houston

Recent Updates

Connections Between COVID-19 and Stroke You Need to Know

APR 09, 2021

Learn more about the connections between COVID-19 and stroke and how it may affect your brain.

Read More Additional information about Connections Between COVID-19 and Stroke You Need to Know

Signs That You May Have a Brain Aneurysm and Need To Go To the ER

NOV 10, 2020

It’s important to understand the signs of a brain aneurysm, so you can seek help at your closest emergency room if you or a loved one exhibits symptoms.

Read More Additional information about Signs That You May Have a Brain Aneurysm and Need To Go To the ER:CHI St. Luke's Health

Nature vs. Nurture: Predicting Your Heart’s Future

AUG 17, 2020

Heart disease and stroke are among the top causes of death in the U.S. Find out how family medical history and lifestyle factors can affect your heart health.

Read More Additional information about Nature vs. Nurture: Predicting Your Heart’s Future