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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Unified Communications solutions bring together real-time communication services such as; voice, messaging, presence, video and desktop sharing, essentially integrating all forms of digital communications into one application. Some people believe it is just video calling, or it inserts your voicemail into email, while the application does all of these, it’s not just a single form of communication; it integrates everything into one simple easy to use application. Here are five reasons why you should adopt a unified communications solution, and how it can benefit your organization. Increase Productivity Regardless of the industry, most organizations have multiple locations, where decisions need to be …

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The globalization of manufacturing in recent years has given companies the ability to design, build and manage from anywhere in the world. This global distribution, although beneficial in many ways, can also create problems with communication and collaboration if not managed correctly. Implementing various collaboration tools to ensure efficient communication and proper process management is one way organizations can help to alleviate this problem. Collaboration technologies help to improve the visualization of communication and allow people in different facilities to quickly exchange ideas, information, and resolve issues. These tools can also improve production processes and R&D. Check out our infographic to learn more! 

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The topic of cloud video conferencing comes up frequently here on the blog as well as around the collaboration industry as a whole. IVCi’s latest offering, Cloud Video Experience, provides a complete video collaboration service from the cloud that includes virtual meeting rooms, endpoint subscriptions, and software for desktop computers and iPads. The specifications of these services are good to know but the question really is how can a cloud service, such as CVE, help my business? Ensure Quality Across The Globe Many multinational organizations invest in visual collaboration technology in their data centers through the purchase of hardware and software. These devices …

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Creating content for digital signage can be a fun, creative process that lets you experiment with various graphic design elements including color, text, and layout. However, it is important to remember that the end goal of any digital signage is to inform people or get them to do something. Therefore when designing content it is important to remember your audience and follow the rule that form always follows function. Understanding certain design elements will help you to create a successful digital experience that highlights your brand and set your organization apart. BOLD GRAPHICS When designing your content you want to ensure that …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.  3 Ways to Create a Productive Virtual Work Environment As online collaboration tools become increasingly sophisticated, a growing number of virtual companies are learning to take advantage of the global talent marketplace. However, managing a virtual company requires a different mindset — both for employees and employers. Delivering Better Transportation Solutions In a Connected World With Cisco IoE Many transportation systems have been in place for decades.  And, as more and more connections are needed, consolidating these aging and disparate proprietary networks into a single, more powerful IP network that supports the demand …

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Break out from behind your desk, and have your online meeting anywhere through the use of mobile video conferencing! Mobile devices are not only changing the way we have meetings, but changing the way we do business. No matter the number of employees a company holds, the location of the organization or the competitive environment and industry, mobile video conferencing allows you to do more with less. It creates a more personalized interaction, while fostering relationships, on the go. With that said, understanding the vital do’s and don’ts of mobile video conferencing can make or break that relationship and your …

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The Consumerization of Audio Visual

September 15, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

As organizations continue to deploy new collaboration spaces such as audio visual integrated rooms and huddle spaces, there is an emerging trend around the consumerization of these offerings. But what does that mean exactly? The IT world has seen more and more users bringing consumer devices to work and even using consumer based services to get their job done (file sharing, video conferencing, etc). A similar trend is starting to occur on the AV side. Users are taking those same consumer video devices and bringing them into the conference room and using them to drive meetings. Further, some organizations have taken simple …

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According to Forbes, one in every 5 Americans works from home, and the number is continuing to rise. With an increasingly globalized workforce, and technology resources and tools becoming more prevalent and easy to use, telework is growing at a rapid pace. Likewise, some of the common pitfalls of telework include lack of routine and productivity issues However, as a remote employee, I think there are a handful of less common challenges that can also trouble employees who work from home. Here are some of those challenges and a few easy solutions: 1. “Email Refresh Exhaustion” When working on projects or assignments there …

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User Experience and Collaboration “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci With so much discussion around the newest technologies available in video conferencing and collaboration it can be easy to forget about the most important aspect of the technology, users! For collaboration technology to be useful and successful within an organization, the user experience must be addressed first. You can have the latest and greatest conferencing solution become immediately useless if users are unable and unwilling to take advantage of it. Here are some key considerations when evaluating the user side of collaboration technology: Meeting Set-up How easy is it for …

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