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Video conferencing enables healthcare advances

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video conferencing? healthcare?

Ovum, an independent technology research firm, assessed that video conferencing, when properly integrated into healthcare systems, could significantly affect care outcomes and the satisfaction of both patient and practitioner.

The report, entitled "Video conferencing and healthcare; A New Chapter in Collaboration", found that video conferencing shows tremendous potential as it could deliver results in areas including the following:

???The development of specialized treatment networks C collaboration in multiple locations
???More equitable healthcare C access to rural areas and provision of virtual access to specialists
???Effective communication C face-to-face interaction can facilitate richer converzations

"Video conferencing solutions must be tailored to carious usage scenarios, ranging from disease-specific diagnosis and treatment between a care provider and patient to consultation between professionals," said Ovum Principal Analyst of Telco Strategy and report co-author Charlies Davies.

The potentials of such collaboration could also be fortified by the rise in fixed and mobile broadband connectivity, improvements in equipment interoperability and innovation in application and machine to machine (M2M) development.

"Ovum believes that there will be considerable uptake of video conferencing due to the evolution of healthcare delivery. The increasingly central role of information and communications technology (ICT) will improve outcomes, allow remote consultations and save costs," said Senior Analyst and report co-author Cornelia Wels-Maug.

"The faster pace of investment in e-health services especially in emerging markets in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America will spur further investment in North America and Europe as they compete in outcomes, particularly where healthcare providers compete in specific disease treatment areas," she added.

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