Physicians across specialties are realizing the value of video conferencing to treat patients. The following is an excerpt from research firm Manhattan Research’s Taking the Pulse® U.S. v11.0 study:

As video chatting becomes more common, this type of communication is emerging as a way for physicians to consult with patients about non-urgent issues, such as follow up questions from an office visit, or to connect with geographically dispersed patient populations that may not have nearby access to specialists. The study also found that certain specialties, such as psychiatrists and oncologists, are more likely to be using video conferencing with patients.

“Telemedicine has the potential to open up consultations with top specialists, regardless of your location,” said Meredith Ressi, Manhattan Research President. “Combined with the impending shortage of primary care physicians, the implications of these technologies for how healthcare is delivered in our country are remarkable.”

IVCi is incredibly excited to announce an amazing Telehealth event! Patient care is all about being there. Being there with critical data and information to be sure, but more than that, healthcare institutions have a responsibility to enable the best of human resources to “be there” too.

On June 7th, IVCi & Polycom will be presenting the future of health care streamed live at six telepresence locations through the country. At this event you will hear from industry experts and real healthcare professionals on how telehealth is enabling patient care in new and exciting ways.

The event will be broadcast live via telepresence in NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Andover, MA, Seattle, and Santa Clara, CA.

To learn more and register, visit http://www.ivci-telepresence.com!

Live Now!

http://www.ustream.tv/ciscotv

Bridging the Gaps Concert

Special TelePresence Event
Bridging the Gaps Concert
In association with the Urban Entertainment Institute
With a special appearance by Dr. Maya Angelou

Join us on May 6, 2011, at 11 am, U.S. Pacific Time, for a live broadcast of a TelePresence concert featuring students from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Students will share their music, vocal, dance and spoken word talents with each other and the world and have the opportunity to interact with renowned poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou, acclaimed television and film producer, Norman Lear, and legendary casting director, Reuben Cannon. This concert will demonstrate how TelePresence can be used as a tool to bridge gaps in education, enable 21st century learning and preserve art programs in schools.

Participating schools include:

• DreamYard Preparatory School, New York City Department of Education
• Jordan High School and the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Los Angeles Unified School District
• King College Prep High School, Chicago Public Schools

This event grew out of an innovative partnership between Cisco, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Urban Entertainment Institute, who collaborated to provide the first Cisco TelePresence systems in the LAUSD and demonstrated how education can be transformed by integrating the arts, academics and technology.

IVCi recently completed a large-scale video conferencing and audio visual integration project for a client located across the country from its corporate headquarters in Long Island, New York.  Although IVCi has offices throughout the US, members of the management team are headquartered at the New York location.

During the project the SVP of AV integration took several tours of the project while it was a work in progress – he did not, however, leave his Long Island headquarters.

How did the SVP accomplish this? VGo! VGo is a telepresence robot that is mobile – a remote control allows the user to control the robot’s movement. It comes equipped with a video screen that depicts the user’s face to the far end, and a camera that transmits the robot’s location back to the user’s computer screen.

The SVP took frequent tours of the client’s location using the VGo robot. As the robot traveled around, the SVP said hello to passersby, spoke with IVCi personnel at the installation site, and surveyed an LCD that had just been secured to a wall. The ability to move the robot around as if he were at the client’s location allowed the SVP to manage the project without actually walking around!

Want more information about VGo? Check out:

http://www.ivci.com/video-conferencing-vgo.html

Time and Cost Savings: Virtual field trips enable students to safely visit new places without leaving the classroom.

Increased Learning: Attention to the subject matter increases, resulting in improved retention.

Student Collaboration: Students from different schools can work together on the same project.

Team Teaching: Teachers can enhance curriculum by virtually bringing experts into the classroom.

Professional Development: Teachers can learn new skills or earn a degree without leaving their school.

Group Meetings: Increased speed of decision making for school board administrators.