Category: Healthcare

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM EST Place: Webinar login details will be sent after registration You’ve probably been hearing about telemedicine for some time. Here’s an opportunity to learn about the latest in telemedicine technology and how it applies to a variety of medical settings.  Join GlobalMed and IVCi for a free, informative, hour-long Webinar, “Extending the Reach of Healthcare with Telemedicine.”  This Webinar is aimed specifically at practices, facilities and institutions who are considering a telemedicine program. GlobalMed and IVCi will address some of the key challenges of healthcare delivery. • Hear about products and services that enable greater access to specialists, increased revenue and reduced …

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Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries and other serious mental health issues are not receiving the help they need due to insufficient access to care, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  One way this problem is being addressed: telehealth solutions that utilize video conferencing technology. More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/opinion/while-veterans-wait.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse  

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Davis Memorial Hospital soon will offer more advanced care to stroke patients. Neurologists from West Virginia University’s Stroke Center will communicate with the hospital using video conferencing devices. The team will be able to view, and interact with patients while viewing diagnostic data. Hospital officials said they’re excited about the partnership. The hospital will conduct mock drills, and that it expects the devices to go online next month. Watch video here: http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=109008&catid=36    

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We have seen the benefits of video conferencing technology for patients who live in remote areas – the ability to gain instant access to specialists and medical professionals located across the country. In times of medical emergency, video can be the difference between life and death. Doctors can use video to treat stroke patients during the short window after a stroke when it is crucial to be evaluated for a life-saving treatment. Learn more: http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/09/08/247840/Doctors-use-HD-video-conferencing-in-rapid-remote-treatment-for-stroke.htm  

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The benefits of telepsychiatry have been recognized since the 1960s when Dr. Thomas F. Dwyer, a Massachusetts psychiatrist, predicted video conferencing’s ability to facilitate the treatment of patients. Of course, the technology has come a long way since then and video conferencing is now used in a wide range of health care scenarios including mental health treatment. A recent article in the New York Times discusses how anxious and depressed patients can benefit from therapy without leaving their homes. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/technology/bringing-therapists-to-patients-via-the-web.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse  

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The power of video conferencing to help people is truly amazing. Imagine having a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s and not having access to a specialist because you live too far away. Telemedicine is changing that and giving patients improved care by providing much needed access to health care resources. Read this compelling story by NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/27/137089619/the-parkinsons-doctor-will-video-chat-with-you-now

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Physicians across specialties are realizing the value of video conferencing to treat patients. The following is an excerpt from research firm Manhattan Research’s Taking the Pulse® U.S. v11.0 study: As video chatting becomes more common, this type of communication is emerging as a way for physicians to consult with patients about non-urgent issues, such as follow up questions from an office visit, or to connect with geographically dispersed patient populations that may not have nearby access to specialists. The study also found that certain specialties, such as psychiatrists and oncologists, are more likely to be using video conferencing with patients. “Telemedicine has …

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IVCi is incredibly excited to announce an amazing Telehealth event! Patient care is all about being there. Being there with critical data and information to be sure, but more than that, healthcare institutions have a responsibility to enable the best of human resources to “be there” too. On June 7th, IVCi & Polycom will be presenting the future of health care streamed live at six telepresence locations through the country. At this event you will hear from industry experts and real healthcare professionals on how telehealth is enabling patient care in new and exciting ways. The event will be broadcast live via telepresence in NYC, Chicago, …

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According to a recent NY Times Podcast interview with executives from a telehealth company, people who require immediate psychiatric help are receiving it thanks to a telehealth service called telepsychiatry. A variety of health care organizations ranging from hospitals to community mental health centers that have difficulty finding person-to-person psychiatrists in their area use telepsychiatry to see patients they would otherwise not have had access to. Telepsychiatry utilizes high definition video conferencing equipment and other immersive technology to create an intimate experience that can replicate a one-on-one consultation in a doctor’s office. Patients who are treated in this manner report that meeting with the doctor over …

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