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Polycom’s Top Six Ways Video Collaboration is Making a Positive Impact in Healthcare

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Video collaboration is quickly becoming one of the most effective means to communicate and collaborate in business today-and healthcare is no exception. Collaboration technologies are helping healthcare organizations of all sizes connect patients to the best care possible regardless of distance and time. The result: better outcomes, improved productivity, cost savings, and most importantly, more coordinated and effective care. In recognition of National Health IT Week, Polycom’s healthcare experts outline the top six ways video collaboration, including telemedicine or telehealth, is making a positive impact on the healthcare industry.

1. Changes Patient Outcomes

Time is one of the most critical risk factors in healthcare. For stroke victims, access to an expert and therapy within a three hour window can mean the difference between a stroke victim having a full recovery versus spending the rest of their life dealing with permanent damage and rehab. Video connects the distant neurologist to the patient avoiding time lost to transportation, and provides timely diagnosis and treatment. See how a group of hospitals in Florida is accelerating “door to needle” treatment.

2. Gives More Patients Access to (Specialized) Care

A patient’s needs may go beyond what is available to them locally. With the help of a video-enabled mobile application on their smartphone or tablet, patients no longer need to travel long distances to meet with best-in-class specialists. They can connect “face-to-face,” in real time for a high-quality consultation with an expert-virtually anywhere. From endocrinologists to world-renown cardiologists, see how this multi-specialist telemedicine facility is using video to provide better patient care from beyond the city.

3. Improves Productivity

Few industries have more research and information available to review and act on than in healthcare. By breaking down the barriers of distance using video collaboration, medical practitioners can learn about best practices, new and innovative treatments, and work together to solve the biggest health challenges like chronic diseases. To be effective and to get people involved quickly, video collaboration provides a venue to boost productivity of healthcare facilities all around the world. Here’s an example of the impact.

4. Reduces Re-hospitalizations and Accelerates Recovery

Video is beginning to help healthcare facilities reduce patient re-admittance-critical to today’s healthcare standards. Video plays a role in helping hospital discharge nurses to adequately relay recovery information and monitor a patient’s compliance of their care instructions. With regular interaction with the patient beyond the hospital walls, doctors and nurses are able to more readily monitor progress and identify areas where a relapse might occur. Also, care givers (including the patient’s family and friends) can visually receive instructions to identify early warning signs that may require critical actions, preserving positive patient outcomes and avoiding the need for re-hospitalization. See how here.

5. Helping with Healing

Patient isolation cases are rare. However high-risk cases such as the Bird Flu and Ebola Virus require patients to be quarantined during treatment. Hospitals around the world are turning to video as a means for patients to connect with their families-if even for a short time-which can improve emotional and, on occasion, physical recovery. Read how a hospital’s telemedicine network is helping to contain and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

6. Cost Savings Where it Counts

Healthcare facilities are looking for budget-conscious ways to improve both operations and patient care. Video collaboration solutions support regionalization of specialized healthcare workers, such as virtual case managers who share a distributed case load for better efficiencies. Greater collaboration across public health departments results in savings of hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, which can be reallocated to new programs, practices or technologies. See how one agency is saving time and money for both the organization and its patients.

Healthcare organizations the world over are turning to collaboration solutions to improve care and reduce costs. Collaborative healthcare solutions from Polycom enable patient-centered care, multi-disciplinary team support, reduction of unnecessary re-hospitalizations, and collaboration across the entire healthcare team independent of physical barriers. Learn more about how Polycom is helping healthcare organizations by visiting the company’s website.

About Polycom

Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.

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