Zeus

Meet Zeus – cloud-based, customised and fast

Zeus is Australia’s most reliable and feature-packed stroke telehealth platform.

Known as Zeus, it supports paramedics, nurses and doctors on the front line. Because, when a stroke is suspected, every minute counts.

The Australian Stroke Alliance is rolling out a truly national telehealth network. But it’s different to most. We’re working with partners to co-design a unique version of Zeus that’s fit for the local environment and the service that uses it. Together, we choose the features most relevant to a region’s needs.

We’re connecting rural and remote patients and first responders with city-based neurologists 24/7.

It’s urgent care, delivered via reliable cloud-based telehealth.

We’re helping bring the hospital to the patient.

Why Zeus?

  • A third of Australians live in rural and remote locations and they have a higher incidence of stroke
  • Most need to travel over 200 kilometres to access care and only 3 per cent receive care in a specialist stroke centre (compared to 77 per cent in metro areas)
  • Prehospital stroke care needs to reach more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations who have strokes earlier than other Australian communities.

(Credit: Nine/Josh Robenstone)

Caption: Designed by neurologist Professor Mark Parsons (R) and brain imaging scientist Associate Professor Andrew Bivard (L) (pictured inside a mobile stroke unit), the Zeus platform is hard at work on Melbourne’s mobile stroke ambulance. Soon it will be on new stroke-capable road ambulances in Victoria and NSW and it’s being rolled-out by health services across SA and the NT.

More people will receive urgent care within the precious time when we can really make a difference.

Prof Mark Parsons

Let’s go

Designed with advice from neurologists, paramedics and nurses, Zeus offers:

  • Seamless communication using videoconferencing
  • User-friendly stroke assessment notes
  • Simple integration of clinical information and patient records
  • Decision tools so the patient is transferred to the right hospital
  • Hospital pre-notification for doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Evidence-based data shows improved time to treatment and better patient outcomes.

Want to take a deep dive?

Core features of Zeus include:

  • DICOM image viewing on a phone and web browser
  • Platform supported audio-video linkage with other users
  • Secure texting service
  • Phone camera and image sharing
  • Study customised patient assessment forms
  • Pre-notification for offsite clinicians
  • Individual patient report export
  • Study level export of data for analysis, and
  • Administrator automated reporting.
Most costs associated with this research pilot are covered by the Australian Stroke Alliance.

 

Co-design is at the heart of everything we do.

Want to come up with a tailored solution for your region?

We will work with you to:

  • Develop an implementation manual
  • Implement Zeus
  • Co-design acute stroke forms and care pathways
  • Develop and deliver training resources that meet unique, regional requirements
  • Co-design is at the heart of everything we do.

The fine print

The Australian Stroke Alliance will need access to:

  • Your people – for us to train and support
  • Your devices – mobile phones and up-to-date web browsers
  • Your data services – to ensure devices can connect to the internet
  • Your scans – to display to clinicians
  • Your plans – so together we optimise change management opportunities.

Measuring your success

Zeus will capture and evaluate data so you can see:

  • The impact of urgent pre-hospital care on your stroke patients
  • Your resource allocation using machine learning
  • Ways to improve your performance through automatic error reporting
  • Additional data collection to help you plan for the future
  • Automated, in-application data summary reporting.

We’re leading the country with cutting-edge technology that seamlessly integrates clinical information, brain imaging and prehospital notification, with patient records.

Data linkage with individual partners ensures simulation and optimisation modelling for the future.

Big picture

As well as working hard in the field, Zeus captures national data to inform policy.

 

Join the growing number of health services using Zeus

We are proud to partner with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Australia Health, Northern Territory Health, Ambulance Victoria, and NSW’s Hunter Health Innovation precinct, Liverpool Hospital, and Southwestern Sydney local health district.

 

Come with us as we work with partners to take early stroke care to Australia’s regional communities.

Dr Damien Easton, CEO

Are you ready for the next step?

In 2023, the Australian Stroke Alliance will begin testing lightweight, portable brain scanners that will be loaded into special road and air ambulances.

For the first time in the world, ambulance ‘emergency departments’ will reach and scan rural and remote stroke patients before offering fast, transformative care.

Importantly, the Zeus platform is ready to transmit life-saving brain scans from the scene of a stroke to receiving hospitals or on-call neurologists. For the first time in the world, ambulance ‘emergency departments’ will reach and scan rural and remote stroke patients before offering fast, transformative care.

To discuss how you might employ Zeus, please contact us.

Funding for the Zeus research program is provided by the Australian Stroke Alliance under the Medical Research Future Fund’s Frontiers initiative.