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Dr. Govindarajan is a health services researcher with expertise in emergency medical services and healthcare systems. The goals of her research are to improve access to specialized centers for acute stroke care (thrombolysis-capable and thrombectomy-capable centers) through early detection of stroke in the prehospital setting. Following her widely-cited (initial work on stroke detection by emergency medical services, she received a career development award (K08 HS17965) from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality to study the impact of a stroke destination protocol for emergency service provides that increased access to primary stroke centers in two California counties. The findings from this work has led to a national study on the effectiveness of a stroke destination protocol for emergency medical service providers and is funded by the Agency of Health Care Research and Quality (R01 HS026207). Her collaborators are scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention) and Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement Research and Education.
Testing the feasibility and reliability of NIHSS use by paramedics.Accuracy of NIHSS for Identification of Large Vessel Occlusions by Paramedics
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My current research focuses on using large databases to understand the effect of state or county-wide public policy on health care outcomes (specifically stroke). Our team is also exploring how patient safety, effective and equitable care in acute stroke management can be achieved using technology.