Polycom has announced a new software update to the Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Platform that allows customers using Polycom and other standards-based video collaboration solutions to join calls with Cisco TelePresence Systems, and vice-versa. The latest RealPresence Platform software update, released today, also further extends interoperability across Microsoft and IBM UC environments. More here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/polycom-frees-users-from-vendor-lock-in-with-support-for-tip-allowing-non-standards-based-video-systems-to-connect-with-polycom-standards-based-video-systems-2011-11-16?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Cisco has announced enhancements to its product line that address the need to collaborate easily and efficiently, from any device, at any place, and at any time. “The advancements Cisco is introducing today –from Cisco WebEx® to Cisco Jabber™ — can change how people meet utilizing expanded cloud-based services, and can give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from Web applications they use every day, driving new levels of business productivity and competitiveness.” More here: http://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-27345  

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Today Cisco announced the general availability of the newest version of Cisco HealthPresence(R) technology, an advanced care-at-a-distance platform that connects patients and clinicians via high-definition video, audio, medical devices and collaboration tools. The updated solution provides new deployment options with enhanced security and efficiency capabilities to deliver patient care from a wider range of locations. Cisco HealthPresence also supports integrated workflow features to improve information exchange by increasing access to data such as electronic medical records. http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40388    

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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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