A new study published by a telepresence provider has identified a trend that we have seen among our customers: technology, specifically video conferencing, continues to play a pivotal role in SMB competitiveness. An increasing number of these businesses will invest in video this year to cut costs and be more efficient, and those with video will add to their existing solutions. Those who don’t will get left in the cold….
We have a higher education client who is using their custom telepresence system to create a global university, connecting students across the country and the world to each other and to subject matter experts.
The telepresence solution is giving students a unique opportunity to learn because the classes are interactive and in real time. A student in the US and in India may attend the same class, and listen to a lecture by a business leader who did not have to take the extra time to travel for a personal appearance.
It is exciting that younger students may also have access to this technology, and expand the boundaries of the classroom, even if it means sacrificing some snow days…
According to recent reports, VGo Communications Inc., a New Hampshire maker of telepresence robots, has taken in $4.2 million in a planned $6 million new equity funding round, the company reported in federal documents.
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.”