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Video collaboration speeds up surgery time

February 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kate Heslop/ CBR

Video technology such as Polycom's solutions have seen UK hospitals reduce time spent waiting for surgeon collaboration. Kate Heslop speaks to the IT department at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital about video collaboration technologies.

Video collaboration in the medical industry is changing the way hospitals are run, and how patients are treated. Easier communication and faster results are the main goals from using video devices in hospitals.

Several hospitals in the UK have adopted solutions such as Polycom RealPresence, that allow cardiologists to work remotely, viewing scans in real-time and collaborating with staff in the theatre. This enables doctors to spend more time analysing scans and collaborating, and less time scrubbing up and stalling surgeries by making long trips to theatres.

Dr John Simpson, consultant paediatric cardiologist at Evelina London Children's Hospital said: "In our current way of working there is one consultant who's on-service for our inpatients. [At any given time] they could be in the intensive care unit, making a ward round, or talking to parents. And if they were called to theatre they would have to scrub, get changed and go to theatre to be able to directly review the images. That would take around about 90 minutes." After integrating a Polycom RealPresence Group 500 with a Philips Ultrasound cart, that time has been cut to around 4-5 minutes.

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