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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Meet Skype for Business

November 21, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Unified Communications

Last week Microsoft announced that the next version of Lync (presumably Lync 2015) would be re-branded as Skype for Business. Microsoft has been under the gun to make its intentions known with regards to Skype since acquiring the platform for over $8 billion in 2011. So this announcement was expected, although the complete abandonment of the Lync brand is somewhat surprising. In addition to the name change, Lync’s interface is being reworked to more closely match the consumer Skype interface. While this is a marketing announcement at its core, there are a number of interesting implications. Further, Microsoft has recently spoken …

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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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Telework, also known as teleconferencing, telecommuting or just working from home; allows an organization to reduce the expense of natural and economic resources, generating a savings realized by both the organization and the employee.  Some may argue the savings are minimal; however considering the cost savings over multiple years, by the number of employees can be a substantial cost savings and benefit to the environment. According to the EPA, If 5.2 million American’s telecommuted twice per month for one year, it would save 10 million barrels of oil.  Depending on the commute and how the employee commutes, telecommuting 2 days a …

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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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Distance Education, also known as Distance Learning is more than just a trend, but a new way to earn a degree or certification, and a new way for instructors to reach a larger audience.   Although the mobility of distance learning is a perk, the lack of a traditional learning environment can be difficult.  Distance learners face a unique challenge, where traditional means of in person communication and learning are replaced with video conferencing or a web based application, using chats, online boards and messaging systems.  For some the thought of a web based class with no in-person communication can be …

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Veteran’s Day is a time to remember and pay tribute to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have served our nation.  These brave men and women have not only spread freedom and democracy around the world, but transformed history, touched our lives and kept us safe.   America was founded on the heroism of our veterans who stood up to oppression and fought for our freedoms with their hearts and courage.  They fought for us by surrendering their lives on the quest for Justice, so future generations could have the freedoms and liberties they have today. Today, we honor …

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Introducing MyCVE

November 10, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Cloud Services, Video Conferencing

Introducing MyCVE One of the biggest advantages of cloud based services and specifically cloud video conferencing is the ability to continually roll out new features and functionality without forcing users to upgrade hardware or make additional investments. Last year, IVCi introduced our Cloud Video Experience service which offers a complete video conferencing solution delivered from the cloud. The service allows video conferencing hardware or software clients to be instantly deployed and connected to a world-wide network. The end result can be an entire organization with hundreds or even thousands of employees equipped with the ability to video call each other or anyone …

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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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Audio Considerations for Your AV Room

November 5, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

For AV build outs, the A is certainly just as, if not more, important than the V. Audio can make or break a collaboration environment; creating an experience that provides rich audio to local and remote participants or serving to make meetings impossible to conduct when no one can hear each other or audio from other sources is muffled or difficult to understand. There are a lot of considerations to take into account on the audio side when designing and implementing your room. An AV solution provider should be able to provide you with the expertise needed to ensure the smoothest …

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