The benefits of telepsychiatry have been recognized since the 1960s when Dr. Thomas F. Dwyer, a Massachusetts psychiatrist, predicted video conferencing’s ability to facilitate the treatment of patients. Of course, the technology has come a long way since then and video conferencing is now used in a wide range of health care scenarios including mental health treatment. A recent article in the New York Times discusses how anxious and depressed patients can benefit from therapy without leaving their homes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/technology/bringing-therapists-to-patients-via-the-web.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse

 

The power of video conferencing to help people is truly amazing. Imagine having a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s and not having access to a specialist because you live too far away. Telemedicine is changing that and giving patients improved care by providing much needed access to health care resources.

Read this compelling story by NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/27/137089619/the-parkinsons-doctor-will-video-chat-with-you-now

Dr. Steven Hacker has begun to use a new robotic telemedicine system for his patients. Using this robotic technology, dermatology patients in Palm Beach County can communicate with him during emergencies even if he is present in a remote location.

http://www.azorobotics.com/news.aspx?newsID=1550

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!