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Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com

Health Insurance Companies Turn To Telemedicine

When it comes to medical costs, there is no doubt that the patient is often facing the greatest burden. For many Americans, each trip to the doctor is well thought out knowing that there will be costs incurred, and those costs will vary based upon your insurance.

For insurance providers, they see the greatest benefit when medical expenses are kept low. Much like car, home or any insurance, the less they are used, the better the provider does. However, insurers in the healthcare world are getting more creative in finding ways to provide healthcare without incurring as much cost and in order to do this they are turning to telemedicine.

In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek Technology article there was a look into how some healthcare providers are turning to telemedicine to connect patients and doctors while reducing cost. Offering turnkey telehealth right through their portals, a patient who is feeling ill can quickly connect to a medical professional, share symptoms, gather a diagnosis and even order a prescription from the comfort of their home.

For most simple convenient care and even some ER visits, this kind of technology can greatly reduce the burden for both the patient, insurer and healthcare provider all while making the delivery of healthcare more efficient and convenient. Sounds like a win-win.

At Avidex AV we serve the healthcare industry with leading technology in telemedicine, telehealth and audio/video communication. Connect with us to find out how we can help your organization meet its technology needs.

Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com

Telemedicine To Be A Staple For VA Hospitals

When the time came to overhaul certain aspects of the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital system in order to lower costs and make the system more efficient, it is probably without surprise that Information Technology was a big part of the plan.

For the VA hospitals, getting care into the hands of more than 22 million veterans was going to require a vision. Especially when it came to getting care for the 5.3 million of those veterans who live in rural areas, often far from any of the 300 mobile veterans centers.

The answer? While technology of course was going to be leaned on, it was a push to expand telemedicine to all 300 centers as well as increase adoption as a whole by the VA.

In a breaking article on the subject featured in Politico, “Will better technology save the VA?” – they reference that while Telemedicine usage by the VA was up 22% last year, still only 11% of veterans are accessing the service. This means there is still massive opportunity for telemedicine to help make care more accessible while helping to meet the objectives of the overhaul, which were cost containment and efficiency.

Over the past several years the push toward telemedicine to solve these key challenges for private and public led healthcare have continued to show the potential and imminent expansion for Telemedicine.

At Avidex AV we strive to be a partner who delivers the best healthcare focused technologies to meet organizational goals and objectives. Connect with us to see what is possible! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com

How Telemedicine Can Transform Healthcare

Perhaps many years ago the idea of meeting your doctor or having an exam done over the Internet seemed improbable. Even though video technology has been connecting people face to face over long distances for nearly 40 years (Hard to believe, we know!), as a mainstream part of our lives, it is relatively a new thing.

That being said, when consumers of healthcare were asked about whether or not they would be comfortable doing remote medical consult, over 70%  (check out this article – How Telemedicine Can Be a Healthcare Innovation Like No Other) said they were comfortable with that.

Beyond just comfort, some of the key reasons why telemedicine is going to help reinvent the healthcare industry are its ability to give more access to healthcare while creating a potential cost saving that should impact consumers and healthcare organizations in a positive way.

One great example given in a recent Huffington Post article that discussed the potential of telemedicine is the way that its utilization can reduce readmission. Healthcare organizations understand the financial impact of readmission and many times the reason it is required is a poor delivery of after discharge care. With telemedicine this can be better monitored and the readmission rate can be reduced.

At Avidex, we seek to better understand the most challenging technology problems a healthcare organization is having, and then utilize the power of audio, video and communications technologies to solve them.  Are you looking for a partner in business and technology? Then let’s connect and see how we can help.

Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com

American Medical Association Supports Telehealth

Sometimes when you are trying to move forward with a big initiative, you need an ally. When it comes to big industries like healthcare, sometimes you need a few allies, but for the Telemedicine industry, they just got the support they were looking for and it came in a big way.

Over the past couple of years, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) along with a number of other healthcare technology associations have been fighting for the recognition of remote healthcare also commonly referred to as Telehealth and Telemedicine to be given additional consideration by the healthcare and insurance industries to see that more of these services are made available and funded by their respective organizations. This past week the American Medical Association (AMA) provided a big boost to this initiative by approving a list of guiding principles for the use of telemedicine as a qualified doctor-patient engagement.

According to one article that went more into the details of the 8 page guiding principles found on the Healthcare IT News website, Telehealth gets big boost from AMA, the need for the AMA to get involved was two fold. First there needed to be more consistency in the terminology and definitions of telehealth and second there needs to be more consistent financial support from the insurance companies approving this type of care.

The intent is that telehealth based services can truly be equivalent to in-office visits therefore eliminating much of the red tape that has limited the advancement of telemedicine into the mainstream of healthcare services.

At Avidex we believe in technology as a vehicle to drive the business outcomes your healthcare organization is looking to achieve. With the experience and passion to serve, we are certain we can help your organization achieve a number of its technology and business goals. Ready to learn more? Get in touch with one of our team members today.

Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com

Why Technical Expertise Matters

For the majority of applications audiovisual system design and integration is fairly similar across the different vertical markets. It does not take a high degree of specialty in any one vertical market, for instance, to design a conference room presentation system. Regardless of whether this conference room is located in a house of worship; inside a corporation’s headquarters; at a government facility or on the campus of a university, the solution will likely be similar. Though the configuration and user experience might change slightly, for the most part, these vertical markets are quite similar.

surgery simulation room finalHowever, with the healthcare industry, this is not the case. For the medical and healthcare vertical market planning, system design, integration and managed support can be quite different than it is in education, government, corporate or house of worship markets. Although each vertical market has idiosyncrasies, slightly altering the design of systems, there are substantial factors that are unique to the healthcare market, creating areas of expertise for healthcare-centric integration firms. These firms have a deeper understanding of important healthcare and medical considerations, such as patient privacy and treatment center construction best practices. This familiarity allows certain integrators to distinguish themselves as premier healthcare facility solutions providers, for both large and small audiovisual systems.

When looking to integrate audiovisual systems, whether presentation, digital signage, patient-room display, videoconferencing or collaboration it is best to partner with a solutions provider with an impressive portfolio in the healthcare sector. Avidex has been a premier partner for doctors’ offices, healthcare facilities, hospitals, biopharmaceutical companies and universities in providing comprehensive audiovisual solutions tailored to healthcare applications. Solutions ranging from executive board rooms to state-of-the-art nursing laboratories, simulation facilities and seminar rooms in universities, hospitals and patient care facilities these specialized applications require tailored integrated solutions designed to train, develop and assist healthcare providers and educators. These integrated solutions encompass a broad range of audiovisual technologies that empower healthcare professionals to effectively communicate their message internally and externally as well as collaborate with colleagues around the world.

In order to best plan, design, integrate and support audiovisual solutions for medical facilities, doctors’ offices and patient care centers, a high degree of specialization in the market and familiarity with technology that is manufactured and used for healthcare AV is required. Avidex has formed strategic partnerships with premier healthcare-specific technology manufacturers, allowing designers and engineers to have access to the latest, cutting-edge, products available to the market. Our engineers examine these products and then our designers incorporate them into systems intended to give healthcare professionals unparalleled quality in their presentation, training and collaboration solutions.

Partnering with Avidex provides matchless experience in the healthcare sector. Regardless of the intended application, Avidex can plan, design, integrate and support systems capable of connecting people and ideas globally within the healthcare market. Presentation, training, remote patient interaction, streaming video and videoconferencing systems are highly utilized by healthcare facilities and require a deeper degree of involvement in patient care facilities than in other markets. Avidex leverages their partnerships with top-tier audiovisual and medical technology manufacturers to integrate systems that maximize functionality and offer a premium return on investment.

Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com

Healthcare Consumers Ready For Technology

New Cisco Study Shows Patients Overwhelming Ready For Technology In Healthcare

One of the interesting debates that has continued in the healthcare space has been just how willing are patients to have their healthcare taken care of via digital means?

For the longest time patient care has been done via direct engagements between the patient and the doctor providing a feeling of privacy and confidence in the doctors diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.

Technology is changing that.  According to a Cisco Customer Experience Report for Healthcare, patients are more ready than ever for technology driven healthcare. In fact, 70% of patients say they are comfortable with their healthcare communications being done via technology, including 19% who would actually prefer a video consult over a live doctor visit.

Check out the article below for a great infographic providing visual data of the new technology aware patient and their growing comfort with technology as a means of delivering healthcare services.

If you are a technology professional in the healthcare space and you are interested in learning more about how technology can drive your organization forward, the team at AvidexAV would love to help.

Click here to see the infographic provided by Cisco

Shedan Maghzi

About Shedan Maghzi

Shedan Maghzi - Avidex President has been directly involved in the AV industry for over 25 years. Maghzi joined Avidex in February of 2004 as General Manager of Northern California. He later advanced into the position of Vice President of Avidex’s Fremont, CA office, one of the nation’s most successful audiovisual groups providing design, systems integration and support services. Maghzi has held a wide range of leadership positions in the AV industry including Project Manager, AV Consultant, Director of Technical Services and General Manager with leading San Francisco Bay Area audiovisual firms. Shedan can be reach at smaghzi@avidexav.com