According to a recent study by Polycom, more teachers are aware of the power of video conferencing technology and an increasing number want to use it to enhance communication.

More than three-quarters of British teachers would like access to video conferencing technology so they can have digital meetings with pupils, their parents and colleagues when face-to-face meetings are not possible. The driving force behind demand for the technology appears to be its ability to increase engagement.

http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40354

 

Cisco looks to expand doctors’ capabilities to view patients remotely with the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant.

Cisco Systems has introduced the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant, a mobile telemedicine cart for high-definition video collaboration between doctors and patients.

Physicians will use the VX Clinical Assistant to examine patients remotely from other facilities. It will also play a role in medical education, Cisco reports.

 http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Health-Care-IT/Cisco-TelePresence-Cart-Brings-Video-Collaboration-to-Hospital-Exam-Rooms-454414/

 

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries and other serious mental health issues are not receiving the help they need due to insufficient access to care, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  One way this problem is being addressed: telehealth solutions that utilize video conferencing technology.

More here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/opinion/while-veterans-wait.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse

 

An InformationWeek survey of four hundred sixty-three business technology professionals found that desktop video conferencing plays an important role in business collaboration and unified communications.  Desktop video conferencing facilitates collaboration and reduces travel costs for those polled, and seeing the success of Skype for consumers has led to greater acceptance of video among business users.

IVCi is addressing the increasing use of video conferencing at the desktop in addition to mobile and conference room use by providing an easy way for all types of users to meet, and that is through its MVE service….MVE creates a seamless video experience, no matter what type of system is being used, no matter where that system may be located – and it is all done by professionals behind the scenes…

More here:

http://conferencing.tmcnet.com/topics/conferencing/articles/231364-desktop-videoconferencing-play-crucial-role-business-collaboration-uc.htm

 

IVCi today announced the results of an independent study conducted by market research and consulting firm Boston Research Group. The study, which was based on IVCi customer experiences from May 2010 to April 2011, found that IVCi had a service and support customer satisfaction rating of 92%. IVCi has received top scores for service and support for each of the last four years that Boston Research Group has surveyed its customers.

 “We know there is little tolerance for down time in meetings when customers utilize unified communication solutions. Each year we invest heavily in the people, processes and technologies that deliver some of the industry’s top customer satisfaction ratings. The highest level of customer service has always been a top priority for us, so we are delighted that our customers continue to rate us so highly each year,” said IVCi’s CEO Bob Swing.

 “IVCi places great emphasis on recruiting  highly motivated people who are both industry trained and certified, and have experience to deal with the most complex service issues,” said Chris Böttger, IVCi’s senior VP of managed services. “Through sophisticated quality assurance surveys, an advanced ticketing system, live call monitoring, a unique rewards program, and a talented team we can make continuous adjustments to our best practices. The ultimate goal is to enhance the customer experience.”

IVCi is now taking its support to the next level by expanding its Managed Video Experience services for corporate telepresence, audio visual (AV) and video rooms.  With IVCI’s Desktop Experience, corporate video meetings can now include application independent devices that allow mobile users on their PC, tablet or smartphone to be part of corporate video meetings.  IVCi’s services allow anyone to connect securely and with a scalable business process, even if they are connected with consumer applications such as Skype and Google Video Chat (whether it be on an iPad, Android or iPhone), combined with business video systems from Polycom and Cisco.