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Using Video Conferencing for Stroke Patients Can Help to Save Lives

July 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Daniel Brecht / Health Tech Zone

Video conferencing has been used in a host of different environments to provide live video and audio streams via personal computers so an individual or group of people can communicate, share documents and discuss topics with others who are in multiple locations. It has been a quick and easy means to bring people at different sites together, to engage in meetings with clients and/or colleagues, or participate in educational training or instruction.

In such situations, videoconferencing can make all the difference to collaborate in real-time while saving time and money. In fact, for many businesses, it has reduced travel expenses and enabled on-screen face-to-face contact at the spur of the moment.

The use of videoconferencing technology has provided a communication solution with unlimited possibilities for businesses of all sizes, and it has become more prevalent in the delivery of health-related services and information.

Through a videoconference, medical practitioners can remotely discuss a case or even participate and assist in surgical operations while virtually present in operating rooms to provide timely support to the surgeon, who may be less experienced or familiar with the patient.

Indeed, videoconferencing and telepresence are able to improve, maintain or assist patients' health status. These techniques can even reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. Conference using Polycom video solutions, for instance, can treat stroke victims as well as accelerate the process of providing timely diagnosis and effective treatment for a wide range of serious and life-threatening conditions.

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