Video collaboration technology has been at the forefront of healthcare innovations recently. With the widespread adoption of telehealth and remote monitoring across the U.S and other countries worldwide, video is increasingly becoming a part of mainstream healthcare. The promise of the highest quality treatment, continuity of care, and round-the-clock medical assistance at lower cost than traditional healthcare practices make video contributions quite desirable. In this context, an article published on Polycom’s official blog discussed the scope of Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) in the modern healthcare sector taking into account, UK-based VaaS service provider, Imerja’s contributions in telehealthcare.
So what is VaaS? It is a video conferencing solution that is fully-managed, hosted, and delivered on demand by a service provider. This mode of service ensures the highest quality video experience without having to incur infrastructure expenses. As a provider of simple, secure, and reliable VaaS services, Imerja extends remote monitoring capabilities to doctors and clinicians who can make critical decisions on treatment and care as efficiently as they would in a face-to-face scenario.
The article discusses various successful VaaS deployments driven by Imerja across hospitals and medical facilities in the U.K. Here is a sampling of them:
- Video deployment in Alder Hey Hospital pediatric neurology department has eliminated the need for patients to travel in order to receive care from a specialist.
- Lancashire Teaching Hospital’s renal department has enabled patients to perform dialysis at home under expert medical supervision and guidance via video conferencing.
- Using video conferencing, Lancashire and Cumbria Telestroke Network have been able to save many patients’ lives through round-the-clock expert assistance, which can deliver post-stroke thrombolysis treatment.
Video-as-a-Service has improved treatment outcomes and patient experiences significantly, while helping hospitals save costs. Besides the cost savings, VaaS also provides the following benefits:
- Enables better remote collaboration for faster response on critical medical conditions.
- Takes treatment and care out of hospitals, providing 100% utilization rate across each hospital.
- Prevents clinics from getting overcrowded and allowing effective space-utilization.
- Allows patients in remote locations and rural areas with limited medical facilities to access quality healthcare at lower costs.
Providing both patients and healthcare providers with numerous benefits, VaaS has the power to transform the healthcare sector like never before by putting expert care within the reach of patients regardless of their location and ability to travel to a hospital or care center.
In what other ways do you think VaaS will extend the benefits of telemedicine, telehealth, and remote monitoring? We would love to hear your thoughts.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org