Mayo Clinic's approach


Stroke telemedicine is a field requiring specialized and coordinated care. Mayo Clinic neurologists trained in blood vessel conditions (vascular neurologists), brain surgery (neurosurgeons), brain imaging (neuroradiologists) and those in stroke telemedicine centers work as a team with emergency medicine doctors and staff at remote sites, treating hundreds of stroke patients every year.


Doctors at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona began participating in stroke telemedicine as a trial in 2007. Since then, telestroke doctors at Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota assess and treat over 1,500 patients annually at 27 remote hospital sites across five states.


Our mission to find and share medical expertise means close contact with people working to discover better methods of caring for people who have had a stroke. Past research led to today's state-of-the-art stroke telemedicine network to help diagnose and treat strokes. Our commitment to expand knowledge for all stroke patients drives current research.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota are each certified as a comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits hospitals and staff. Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, and the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Mankato, Minnesota, are certified as primary stroke centers by The Joint Commission.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Target Honor Roll Elite achievement award.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, rank among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022–2023 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

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Telestroke (stroke telemedicine)