Category: Industry News

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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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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With the announcement of the CMS’ new ruling, things have been all a buzz around the topic of telemedicine. With the end of year quickly approaching and next year’s initiatives being hammered out, its important for any healthcare organization to be well versed on what technology is available and how it is improving patient care and healthcare operations. I have scoured through many great articles and news surrounding the topic of telemedicine, here are some of the highlights from this month. Great Articles/Resources From Around The Web: How Mobile Health Is Changing Care Delivery This is a great article showcasing how new mobile health …

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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. 3 Tips for Better Speech Intelligibility Workers are less productive when their meetings are peppered with “Can you repeat that?” Ditto for students, who don’t learn as well when they strain to hear classmates and the instructor. But when an audio system maximizes speech intelligibility in a room, everyone benefits. For example, in classrooms, intelligibility facilitates what’s called “secondary learning.” Take Advantage of Mobile Cloud. What Are You Waiting For? As organizations seek ways to maintain real-time connections with their workforce and customers in an increasingly digital and mobile-centered world, the growth …

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The American Telemedicine Association’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Gary Capistrant, and Director of State Policy Latoya Thomas, joined together to discuss several telehealth bills and regulations as well as state policy developments for the month of September. What’s New with ATA The ATA is scheduled to launch an Accreditation Program recognizing US and Canadian Organizations who provide direct or online healthcare consultations that meet specific standards for online healthcare consultants online patient care programs.   This program will launch in November. ATA members will receive an invitation to pre-register during the month of October. Congress: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Video Conferencing in the Cloud Over the years, the business industry has adopted video conferencing as a viable and efficient means of communication-B2B and otherwise. There are a number of advantages that are apparent, but one of the foremost benefits of video conferencing is the reduced “face-to-face” time needed to travel and meet with prospective clients. Aside from that, adopting a cloud-based video conferencing can also trigger an increase in employee productivity, as well as create a portal for global communication. How the Cloud has Revolutionized Video Conferencing for Business Video conferencing …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. How video conferencing in the cloud can transform business collaboration As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, video conferencing as a service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve. With the benefits of video conferencing clear to businesses – including a reduction in travel time, improved workforce productivity, better global links and accessibility – the infrastructure cost and maintenance aspect is still a sticking point for many, making it an unviable option. But with the rise of VCaaS and video delivered via the cloud, companies can now …

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