There is a large growth area emerging for audio-visual systems in health care, hospitals and medicine. More and more doctors and other health care professionals are using the interactive nature of videoconferencing to work with more patients, and saving time and travel for both patients and doctors. Not only that, but videoconferencing equipment lets health care pros work more efficiently within their own health care systems and regional facilities for faster coordination.
As a result of better videoconferencing equipment, lower costs and increased demand by health care professionals, the videoconferencing market in health care facilities is increasing. This is a combination of sharper uses of technology in all aspects of our work lives, and finding better ways to create advantages.
Today, more and more health care agencies and hospitals can use video conferencing equipment and accompanying technology to overcome some hurdles in health care education, management and patient diagnoses.
As the baby boomers of our generation reach their 60s and 70s, there is expected to be a greater demand for health care and health care facilities over the next 10-30 years. And the last few years have helped our older citizens become more comfortable with new technology tools, like laser cameras, internal xrays and more. Adding video conferencing to the mix isn’t as great a tech hurdle today as it may have been 5-10 years ago.
Some of the benefits of increased videoconferencing in health care is outlined by research firm Ovum, which talks about the different ways that the technology can be used. Its researcher writes:
“Video conferencing solutions must be tailored to a range of different usage scenarios, ranging from disease-specific diagnosis and treatment between a care provider and patient to consultation between professionals. The equipment and networks required will also vary significantly, ranging from high-end telepresence that is reliant on a high-speed broadband connection to simple desktop and laptop services.”
Ovum writes that the emotional connection in video conferencing enables physicians to see nuances in patient behavior. Not only that, but video conferencing can connect doctors in remote locations with their colleagues to share knowledge and bring about greater collaboration between physicians with different specializations. All of these benefits can occur in health care as a result of connectivity via video conferencing.
While the researchers maintain that, for patients, face-to-face communications is still a much better overall experience, having video conferencing capabilities can be the next best thing. And we’re inclined to agree.
Using video conferencing and other means to provide real-time visual collaboration can be a great boon to communications between doctors and patients, as well as between health care professionals.
CCS Presentation Systems is among the largest U.S. audio-visual system integration firms, and one of the leading providers of audio-video products and solutions in the nation. For more information on how CCS can consult with your health care organization on how to bring videoconferencing into the mix of your operations, please contact us at ccssouthwest.com