I’ve come across some interesting articles over the past week about the advantages of video collaboration tools within the healthcare environment, including telemedicine.
The managing director of healthcare for Peerless AV, a manufacturer partner of AVI-SPL, lists eight ways hospitals are using digital signage to improve care. Some of the noteworthy advantages include the ability to inform family and friends of patient treatment status in real time; delivery of information tailored to the patient; better communication among doctors, nurses and hospital staff; and improved patient processing.
Addictionblog.org lists 7 Advantages of Video Conferencing With an Addiction Counselor. In addition to the familiar reasons – saves on the cost of treatment, avoids the hassle of travel – the post also brings up some benefits I hadn’t considered, including the ability to remain in one’s own comfort zone while attending therapy. The video conferencing setup also makes it easier to attend so that a patient doesn’t have to miss a crucial session because of work constraints, other obligations or just reluctance to commit to a once-a-week meeting with a counselor.
An article in The Guardian (U.K.) looks at two cases where telemedicine is saving travel time as well as lives. A Radvision Scopia XT1000 series video conferencing system links three hospitals England, enabling consultants to remotely assess the cardiology conditions of pediatric patients.
Video conferencing is also allowing 30 trusts in England to partake in a stroke consultation program. Medical experts work from their homes on an off-hours basis and provide their expertise for patients who have a video conferencing telecart at their hospital bedside. The program is estimated to save about 24 more stroke patients per year, as well as £8m for participating trusts.
AVI-SPL has provided multiple telemedicine solutions for hospitals and healthcare facilities. One of our most recent successes is for the Moffitt Cancer Center, where AVI-SPL technicians installed the Cisco Digital Media Suite. Take a look at a video summarizing Moffitt’s use of Cisco DMS.
Call AVI-SPL at 1-800-282-6733 to talk to one of our representatives about your healthcare facility’s need for better communications or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll find out what you want to achieve, give you a quote on your telemedicine project and put together a solution that works within your budget.