Strokes must be identified and treated quickly to reduce long-term health effects and complications. Smaller and rural community hospitals will often not have the expertise of specialists needed to handle complex stroke cases. Identifying this critical need, the StrokeCareNow Network (SCNN) began offering telemedicine as a way of bringing experts into smaller or rural community hospitals. When a patient is brought into the emergency department of a hospital exhibiting symptoms of a stroke, the onsite physician can quickly place a call into the SCNN and bring a specialist to assess the patient via video in a matter of minutes. Together, the onsite physician and the specialist can decide on a care plan for the patient, which often greatly improves the overall outcome.