Category: Collaboration

2014 has been another eventful year for collaboration and technology. There have been a few trends in particular that have been top of mind for many. We are going to take a look at a few of these trends and how they have helped shape and promote collaboration.  IoT The concept of everyday objects being connected by a network and having the ability to send and receive data has exploded this year. This is in part due to the continued desire to increase connectedness of people and things as well as the reduced cost of manufacturing wireless, power-efficient chips that are able …

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It seems as though every week there are new announcements around telehealth. There has been an explosion of new companies, technologies and regulations being reported and released, and with this growth comes many questions around how to implement and promote the adoption of telemedicine strategies. When a healthcare organization decides to deploy a telemedicine program, it is imperative to the success of the roll out to ensure adoption by the healthcare providers who will be using it. Simply defining the benefits of telemedicine is not enough to get most clinicians on board. With many providers over-booked and often behind schedule, the …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Cisco Debuts ‘Project Squared’ Collaboration App The company hopes ease of use and broad integration with the elements of collaboration will drive consumer/BYOD-style adoption by users. The app’s name comes from Rowan Trollope’s edict to his team that the product they were developing had to be not just a little better than existing collaboration apps, but an order of magnitude better. The other crucial imperative was not to create another island of collaboration, but to integrate with the existing tools a user has, to make the whole thing work better. Polycom’s …

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In today’s world of technology, it is hard to find anyone who doesn’t use some sort of gadget or tool in their life. Working in technology, I love any new gadget or service that helps make my life easier or more productive. Because I use so many,  narrowing it down was not an easy task. My choices are based on tools that I use most often, that I believe are reliable, and that help to increase my productivity and efficiency. So without further ado, here are my top 6 picks! iPhone: My iPhone helps keep my connected at any time and from anywhere. …

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Telemedicine solutions are helping to shape the healthcare system by offering innovative ways to provide care, manage care and provide better outcomes for patients. More and more healthcare providers are implementing telemedicine technologies as an extension of clinical care, a way to connect providers with each other and as a means to improve communication between clinicians and patients. The patient continuum of care concept is focused on a tracked and comprehensive array of health services across all levels of care. The use of telemedicine across the continuum can help to provide high quality, comprehensive care, coordinated over time and across services …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Giving IT a Say in the Collaboration Cloud Shadow IT isn’t the exception for most companies, but the norm. As technology spend, especially on collaboration, increasingly occurs outside of IT, IT organizations must change their operating model to become trusted advisors, helping to guide lines of business to the right solution. IFTF: From Telepresence to Copresence In the same way that face-to-face interactions are defined by physical proximity, copresent interactions are defined by attentional proximity. This has been true since the time of the telephone, but what’s different today is that a …

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CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released a ruling last Friday announcing finalized payment rates for providers and services within the Medicare program. Within this lofty document included rules expanding the range of telemedicine services that can be reimbursed under Medicare. Amongst these provisions, CMS created new codes for remote chronic care management and remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions. They also added seven more procedure codes for telemedicine encounters, including annual wellness visits, psychotherapy services and prolonged visit reporting codes. In the announcement by the American Telemedicine Association, CEO Jonathan Linkous praised the ruling and said “It has been …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. How Video Conferencing Improves Businesses One of the biggest challenges businesses face today is when workforces, suppliers, and customers are often dispersed over great distances. One must balance the advantages of personal interaction and collaboration while keeping costs under control. The use of online videos is rapidly being adopted for both B2B and customer service use Unleash the Power of Captured Video at Work With a dispersed workforce in an increasingly competitive landscape, valuable data needs to be shared faster and knowledge sharing can no longer be contained to four walls. Experts …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo Jonathan Linkous, CEO and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine for the month of October. What’s New with ATA The ATA is continuously developing a set of comprehensive standards and guidelines for telemedicine. Most recently the ATA produced practice guidelines for intensive care units that were approved by the Society of Critical Care and Medicine, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Additionally the ATA Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology were approved by the Digital Pathology Association. The ATA is currently working on guidelines for the following; telestroke, pediatrics and mental …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. What’s After UC? As UC spending flattens or falls, IT leaders are increasingly looking for other approaches to improve collaboration. Despite the growing availability, and deployment, of UC solutions, most of the IT leaders, and especially line-of-business personnel that I consult with, tell me that they aren’t really satisfied with their collaboration environment. Meetings still take too long to set up. Documents aren’t readily available. It’s difficult to pick up from where the last meeting ended. Creating team spaces means relying on difficult-to-use document repositories. An Open Office Experiment That Actually …

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