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VIPAAR Remote Presence Helps Bring Clinical Expertise to Any Location

January 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dan Buckland / Med Gadget

Remote presence (or telepresence) is a way for experts to provide on-site service or guidance without actually being there. This can be done through many methods, ranging from a simple phone call to walk a user through a procedure to Cisco's immersive wall size conference setup. The potential benefits in the clinic are similarly wide ranging, with applications for remote consults, distance education, procedure training, or simply getting service for the latest medical device in the clinic that no one can find the manual for.

VIPAAR, based in Birmingham, AL, offers a platform for remote video support that aims to work with most of the common devices already in the clinic or field site, with infrastructure requirements that really only apply to the expert side of the call.

Here's VIPAAR's video that shows the basics of the technology, using a non-medical example, but getting the point across:

Basically the VIPAAR platform allows the expert to do real time annotation of the video coming from the end-user's device. The end user holds a tablet or smart phone and looks at the video feed coming from the camera on the other side, as if they were videoing or taking a picture of the scene. The expert also sees that video feed and can annotate or point to portions of the screen. What the VIPAAR platform does is allow the end-user to see the hand or notations of the expert on their screen, overlaid on the live video feed from the camera.

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