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Video conferencing helps tuberculosis patients

April 10, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Story and Images by Randal Jackson / Computer World

Vivid Solutions has rolled out a pilot to trial videophones in the home to meet the World Health Organisation requirement that sufferers of tuberculosis - a highly communicable disease - must be observed taking their medication.

Vivid Solutions, a national provider of managed video conferencing solutions, morphed out of the New Zealand Telepaediatric Service in 2008. NZTS was a charitable trust; Vivid is a limited liability company that now has contracts with all the district health boards, bar Wairarapa, which uses technology from Gen-i, says Vivid chief executive Simon Hayden.

"People want to do more and more with video," he says. "That led us to deploying VC Anywhere. And last year we integrated iPads into the national health network."

Vivid's technology is based on the Polycom platform.

"We also do a lot of teaching and can record a teaching session for later replay," says Hayden, stressing the significant savings made against travel costs.

Waiaa Saweirs is a consultant nephrologist in the renal unit at Whangarei Hospital, which has two satellite centres, at Kawakawa and Kaitaia. These are manned by generalists rather than specialists. The renal unit began using Vivid Solutions' network in 2010.

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