Institute for Innovation Launched

Rita E. Hauser and Gustave M. Hauser have given over $50 million to support New York-Presbyterian’s comprehensive telehealth services and health IT available since 2011. Recently, the hospital established the Hauser Institute for Health Innovation in recognition of the Hausers. 

The Hauser Institute for Health Innovation will support innovation and pioneering research to advance knowledge in the digital health field. A key focus will be to expand telemedicine services into the communities New York Presbyterian serves.

Telehealth and telemedicine services currently used includes:

  • NYP OnDemand in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia to enable patients to communicate with physicians from a mobile phone, tablet, computer, and self-service kiosks at select Walgreens and Duane Reade stores throughout New York City
  • Remote patient monitoring to help physicians monitor patients from a distance
  • A Clinical Operations Center, a remote monitoring system, and a command center, to connect clinical care programs throughout the healthcare system
  • Using tele-paramedics for high risk patients who leave the hospital allowing the Emergency Management Services team who visit patients in their homes to connect to specialists, and be able to coordinate the patient/physician interaction in real-time during the home visit


New York-Presbyterian is using their Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU) which enables an expert neurologist along with advanced technologies found in emergency rooms, to be directly connected to the patient in a mobile setting.

An ambulance equipped with a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner is used to rapidly evaluate patients that may be having a stroke. Laboratory tests routinely performed during emergency stroke care are available on the unit.

MSTU also contains wireless connectivity and is able when on-board emergency vehicles to seamlessly integrate the treatment with the hospital that will be receiving the patient. The crew on board the emergency vehicle connects with a neurologist at one of the hospital’s locations via a telemedicine consult.

At this point, the patient and the crew are able to see, hear, and interact with the neurologist at the hospital through on-board monitors and microphones. If stroke is detected, potentially life-saving clot reducing medications, or other medications specific to stoke care will be administered on the emergency vehicle previously only available when the patient was transported into the emergency department.

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