Posts tagged Polycom

What Your Hospital Needs to Know About Patient-Centered Care

Today’s new healthcare model involves team-centered care based on preventing illness and promoting wellness for healthier populations — both at reduced costs. During a webinar hosted by AVI-SPL, Dr. Deborah Jeffries, Polycom’s director of healthcare, will look at the challenges of team-centered care and how to overcome them.

Polycom’s collaborative video and voice solutions enable healthcare organizations to overcome distance and interact with post-acute discharge patients and those needing urgent care. They also provide the collaboration technology necessary to facilitate patient-centered care by connecting patients, providers, and payers independent of location. With Polycom’s telemedicine solutions, healthcare providers have the tools to streamline medical call routing, population management, patient self-management and virtual waiting rooms. Attendees will learn about:

• Healthcare Trends and Challenges

• Strategic Objectives

• ACOs

• Reducing Re-Admits

• Collaborative video solutions

This webinar will also include examples from healthcare providers on the benefits Polycom video solutions for patient care and treatment.

Register for “Collaboration Solutions for Patient-Centered Care.”

About the Presenter 

Dr. Deborah A. Jeffries is the director of healthcare for Polycom, a leader in collaborative technology solutions. Jeffries has 25 years in telemedicine, information systems, medicine, education and physics. She has taught pathophysiology and hematology at Merrimack College, and enjoyed her time as a teaching assistant at U.C.L.A. and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she was a T.A. for X-ray, physiology, and pathology. Jeffries holds a degree in naturopathic medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, a bachelor’s degree in physics from U.C.L.A. and completed the course work for a master’s degree in physics from U.C.L.A. While at U.C.L.A. she also received her teaching credential for K-12.

White House Budget for 2015 Supports Telehealth

Polycom recently shared a post on its Public Sector blog about the proposed budget for next fiscal year that will be of great interest to healthcare providers. It notes that the White House’s 2015 budget includes 65.3 billion for Veterans Affairs. Here’s the highlight for the medical community:

According to a fact sheet distributed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HiMSS):

$567 million (of the proposed budget is) for telehealth programs that include home health monitoring and extending care to Veterans located in remote locations. This funding request level is a $23 million increase over FY 2014 actual spending. This effort builds on the FY 2013 program that provided monitoring devices to 144,000 veterans with high-risk conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

 AVI-SPL integrates telehealth solutions by companies like Polycom for healthcare facilities around the world. Contact us through our online form or call us at 866-559-8197 to find out how we can help your hospital or clinic improve its care with video technology.

Polycom Names AVI-SPL North American Partner of the Year

Polycom holds a prestigious place among collaboration technology providers. So it’s an honor that AVI-SPL has been named the company’s North American Partner of the Year.

AVI-SPL and Polycom have a long history of giving businesses and organizations around the world solutions that improve operations and bring remote teams together. One of our newest case stories describes the partnership between Polycom and AVI-SPL to create the Polycom Experience Centers around the world.

Read the press release about being honored by Polycom.

A Hospital Improves Cardiology Care With Telemedicine

The cardiac surgeons at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in the U.K. are responsble for over 500 surgeries on year. So they can meet that challenge, the surgeons use telemedicine to examine high-quality scans during operations. In addition to the expert care, the benefits include:

  • Saves 1,300 hours in consultant and surgeon time each year
  • Reduces the time required for review of interoperative scans from 90 to 5 minutes
  • Enables cardiologists to see more patients

For more details about the hospital’s use of telemedicine solutions, you can read the Polycom’s summary. For any questions you may have about bringing these and similar solutions into your healthcare facility, contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 or You can also fill out our contact form.


Polycom Solutions Integrate With Lync 2013; New Video Survey Released

Polycom has announced that by June, Polycom HDX, Polycom RealPresence Group and the RealPresence Platform will be interoperable with Microsoft Lync 2013. This interoperability extends to standards-based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and H.264 AVC. These software updates are designed to make it easier to launch video conferencing sessions from the familiar Lync interface. Read the full Polycom announcement. >

Coinciding with this announcement is the release of a report authored by Wainhouse Research and Polycom, “The Real Benefits of Video.” Among the highlights:

  • 64% of over 4,700 survey respondents use video conferencing at least once a week
  • 94% cited increased efficiency/productivity as the number one benefit of video conferencing

Download the full “The Real Benefits of Video” survey. Be sure to visit our Video Collaboration page to learn about AVI-SPL’s approach as an integrator,  for an overview of the technology currently in use and to read case stories about some of our notable projects.