According to a recent study by Polycom, more teachers are aware of the power of video conferencing technology and an increasing number want to use it to enhance communication. More than three-quarters of British teachers would like access to video conferencing technology so they can have digital meetings with pupils, their parents and colleagues when face-to-face meetings are not possible. The driving force behind demand for the technology appears to be its ability to increase engagement. http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40354  

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Video conferencing has begun encompassing everything you would expect from a standard, face-to-face board room meeting and Polycom has even managed to integrate digital whiteboards in to its offering. The firm hopes that this final addition will make its unified communications technology a well-rounded solution that will appeal to practically all businesses.   The inclusion of whiteboard capabilities comes after video conferencing specialists raced to integrate as many disparate technologies as possible – including video sharing, document collaboration and PowerPoint solutions – into an all-encompassing offering. Speaking to Information Week, John Antanaitis, vice president of product marketing at Polycom, said: “The last …

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Cisco looks to expand doctors’ capabilities to view patients remotely with the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant. Cisco Systems has introduced the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant, a mobile telemedicine cart for high-definition video collaboration between doctors and patients. Physicians will use the VX Clinical Assistant to examine patients remotely from other facilities. It will also play a role in medical education, Cisco reports.  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Health-Care-IT/Cisco-TelePresence-Cart-Brings-Video-Collaboration-to-Hospital-Exam-Rooms-454414/  

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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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Cisco’s TelePresence has traditionally been thought of as a stationary, high-end video conferencing solution targeted to c-level executives (due in part to the value it provides by cutting down on the need for global travel for meetings). Cisco is now expanding the concept of TelePresence with affordable, easy to use/deploy solutions that can be used in small to mid-sized meeting rooms,  and specialized systems that are aimed at the health care market space. More here: http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2011/10/new_cisco_offerings_for_smbs_t/  

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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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An InformationWeek survey of four hundred sixty-three business technology professionals found that desktop video conferencing plays an important role in business collaboration and unified communications.  Desktop video conferencing facilitates collaboration and reduces travel costs for those polled, and seeing the success of Skype for consumers has led to greater acceptance of video among business users. IVCi is addressing the increasing use of video conferencing at the desktop in addition to mobile and conference room use by providing an easy way for all types of users to meet, and that is through its MVE service….MVE creates a seamless video experience, no matter what type …

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IVCi today announced the results of an independent study conducted by market research and consulting firm Boston Research Group. The study, which was based on IVCi customer experiences from May 2010 to April 2011, found that IVCi had a service and support customer satisfaction rating of 92%. IVCi has received top scores for service and support for each of the last four years that Boston Research Group has surveyed its customers.  “We know there is little tolerance for down time in meetings when customers utilize unified communication solutions. Each year we invest heavily in the people, processes and technologies that deliver some …

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Polycom today unveiled a new video conferencing application, RealPresence Mobile, that will run on the iPad 2 and Android tablets. The app runs on Polycom’s RealPresence platform, which runs its standard videoconferencing rooms and terminals that include larger high-definition televisions and speaker systems. The idea is to encourage even more video conferencing use by enabling the tablets to talk with the larger video conference rooms. IVCi has the experise to help our clients with all of their mobile video conferencing needs, including a managed service offering that extends to mobile devices. Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12261_7-20118376-10356022/polycom-brings-videoconferencing-to-ipad-android-tablets/#ixzz1aVPpuc00

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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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