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. Congress There are currently 30 plus proposed bills before Congress and 2013 has been one of the biggest years for telehealth legislation. The most notable is the Harper Bill which has been previously discussed; the biggest emphasis is getting this bill to the Congressional Budget Office so they can provide their estimate as to the cost savings this bill provides. Telestroke is a major component which Linkous says can help revolutionize stroke care. Last year over 100,000 people who …

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As the times change, the interview process is changing as well. In this case we are talking about video conferencing. Although video conference interviews have not completely replaced face to face interviewing, they are often done at a very important point in the interview process; the first impression. This first impression will help to determine if candidates are an initial good fit for the position or not. As important as it is for the candidate to make a good first impression, it is also very important for you and your organization to come across in a positive and professional manner. Video …

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3 Things To Be Thankful For On Your Next Video Call

November 28, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

As I sit here on the eve of thanksgiving, thinking about the holiday and what I am thankful for, one of the first things that comes to mind  is how thankful I am for the ability to work remotely. With the use of video conferencing I have been able to travel and spend the holiday week with my family all while still staying connected with colleagues and able to conduct face to face meetings. The ability to connect and collaborate with people from anywhere at anytime is just one of the many benefits of video conferencing. That being said, there are …

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The New Healthcare Model – Webinar

November 25, 2013, by Adam Kaiser in Healthcare, Webinars

Healthcare reform is quickly changing the face of medicine. With so many changes in regulations and insurance, the ability to not only deliver the highest quality of care, but doing so in the most efficient manner possible, is now more important then ever.  Collaborative care is transforming how patients are treated through the continuum of care. Join IVCi and Polycom on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 PM Eastern for an informative webinar covering the power of collaboration in the delivery of healthcare. In this session you will learn: How Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are redefining care coordination. The role visual collaboration can play in EHR …

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This Week In Collaboration

November 22, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Telework rapidly gains momentum but are businesses managing the risks The increase in telework has been rapidly changing the dynamics of the workplace and employees are reaping the rewards that telework provides. These benefits include  reduced office costs, reduced staff turnover, greater work/life balance, and increased productivity. However, because work health and safety legislation apply to home-based working as well as office based work, companies considering telework arrangements need to make sure they implement appropriate guidelines and policies to minimize risks and ensure a safe workforce. 2. The technology that helps band …

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Is Video Right For Your Company?

November 20, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Video Conferencing

The use of video conferencing continues to grow as many companies note the numerous benefits that the technology provides. However, making the initial decision to invest in video can be a difficult one. Many executives wonder whether video is truly a necessity or if it’s just a nice to have communications platform. Do the benefits of the technology really outweigh the cost of the technology? While there are several things to remember when incorporating video conferencing into a business, here are a few key questions to ask when getting started. Do I really need this technology? Many companies initially question the idea of …

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10 Tips for Acing a Video Interview

November 18, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

Video interviewing has been consistently gaining traction with hiring managers and recruiters over the last few years due to the time savings and the ability to cut down on travel expenses. Video interviews also give companies insights they would not be able to get over the phone or when reviewing a paper resume including body language and personality. That being said, video interviews can seem very daunting to anyone unfamiliar or uncomfortable using video conferencing technology. With the prevalence of video interviewing growing rapidly it is essential to understand both the technology and the etiquette in order to make the best …

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What Does an AV Room Consist Of?

November 13, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

What is an AV Room? A place to collaborate? A place to meet with remote team members? A place to present PowerPoint slides? While the correct answer may be all of the above; none of these functions would happen without the proper design and configuration of the space. Technology integration and the actual room environment  are essential considerations when designing an optimal meeting space. As stated by Tim Hennen, SVP of Engineering at IVCi, “An audio visual integrated room is a meld of art and science. The art is in the design of the room itself; the lighting, furniture, and …

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This Month in Telemedicine – mHealth

November 11, 2013, by Lindsey Ingram in Healthcare, Video Conferencing

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. Mobile Health Mobile Health is making much more than a dent in the telemedicine industry; $161 Million has been dedicated to mobile health from 43 different companies in the last quarter. This is a drastic increase compared to earlier in the quarter when only $42 Million was dedicated to mobile health. Currently the guidelines that involve mental health correspond with mobile health. ATA is currently in the process of doing an accreditation of mobile health care services online, and …

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This Week In Collaboration

November 8, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Using collaboration as a sales tool New technology is transforming meeting rooms. Important aspects needed to be taken in to consideration when selecting the right collaboration technology. These factors include ease of use, ability to collaborate with meeting participants, content sharing capability, and quicker start up. 2. Extending Video to the Web through Open Source H.264 Up until now video has not been natively possible through a web browser. WebRTC has been the answer to that, however, speed bumps have been hit around choosing a video codec for the browser. In response, Cisco …

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