AVI-SPL Connects the Community: Healthcare

Each environment has unique challenges that require specialized solutions. This week in our AVI-SPL Connects the Community series, CW Koellman, vice president of sales, AVI-SPL Medical, discusses trends and challenges in healthcare environments, specifically operating rooms.

The AVI-SPL Medical team has spent the last 13 years designing and integrating solutions that make it easy for doctors, surgeons, nurses and other healthcare staff to collaborate during operations.

Collaboration is a key consideration in hospital AV solution design. Traditional video conferencing connects video codecs to each other. Our Medical team created a video collaboration solution that, in essence, connects control systems to each other. When you connect two of our end-points, each end has complete access to the far-end sources. “So if I’m in an OR in New York and I’m connected with an OR in Los Angeles, I can see and hear everything that the surgeon in Los Angeles can see,” said Koellman. “I’ve got a touch panel in New York and it shows me all the sources that are in that other room in Los Angeles. And while I’m talking to that other surgeon, I can pull up any source that he/she can see. Nobody else does that, and our team has been doing it for a long time.”

Connecting systems throughout the hospital and beyond saves time and gives patients access to better care. For example, when an OR connects to Pathology, the pathologists get to see everything that’s going on in the OR. The surgeon can send a specimen to pathology, then the pathologist can look at it under a digital microscope and the surgeon can look at it (via video) at the same time. The technology makes it so the pathologist is an active participant in the OR without having to physically be there.  While he is a surgeon is doing surgery, that pathologist can consult with the surgeon about what he/she is seeing on that live video feed. With these network-based systems, collaborators can be down the hall or across the country and have identical interactions.

In addition, these highly-customizable IP-based solutions dramatically reduce the space requirement in operating rooms, which is always at a premium. Integrated OR systems allow nurses to quickly change the configuration of the room to accommodate different surgeons and/or procedures. Faster room-turn times means more procedures can be completed each day, which is better for both patients and the medical center.

Unlike other medical system providers, our solutions work with all medical AV technology. “Another one of our primary advantages is we are totally 100 percent agnostic.  I don’t care what camera or microphone you’ve got, I don’t care what any of the devices are in that OR, we can interface to them,” Koellman said. Our solutions incorporate sophisticated signal-conversion systems to connect any device to the system and to easily route those signals across the network to end-points throughout the facility and beyond.

These collaborative systems also allows for interactive learning. Lecturers can connect to multiple ORs from the lecture hall and switch between the audio and video feeds on the fly. The same systems that allow surgeons to remotely consult with specialists also connect students to OR video and audio feeds in real-time in the classroom.

When working with surgeons to design an integrated OR, our team focuses on what the surgeon is trying to accomplish, what’s lacking in the current system and what does the doctor want the system to do that it doesn’t do now. By starting here, our team creates a solution-focused system that’s easy to learn and simple to operate.

Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.

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