You don’t have to invest in a huge telepresence system with three displays. An endpoint with a single HD display might be perfect for your facility.
By Leslie O'Neill
May 25, 2012
You don’t need a massive, complex telepresence system to benefit from videoconferencing. For many health care facilities, a single-display videoconferencing system is all the technology you need to build a state-of-the-art telemedicine practice. You can easily outfit an examination room — or administrator’s office — with a high-quality HD (high definition) system for less than $20,000. Depending on the videoconferencing system you choose, you can spend much less than that — you just have to decide where you want to install the solution and how you want to use it to reach patients.
With a single-screen videoconferencing system, you can install it wherever you choose rather than in a specially designed room. With a little creativity, you can use the system to change the way you work and how you communicate. You will find that starting with one use case just leads to more.
For example, Josh Goldman, executive vice president of My Weight Doctor in Rockville, Maryland, describes his medical practice’s use of single-screen videoconferencing as a “natural evolution.”
“We were a single location medical practice, and then grew from one to two to three locations. We needed a way to have company-wide meetings, and videoconferencing was easier than getting everyone to commute to one location. The next step after using it internally was to think of ways to leverage it to increase revenue,” says Goldman. My Weight Doctor initially installed a LifeSize room system in each clinic’s conference room, and then rolled out additional Express 200 and Express 220 videoconferencing endpoints in one to three exam rooms at each of their five locations in Maryland and Virginia.
“In the past six months, we’ve had the opportunity to roll it out to our patient base. Patients can go to whatever location is closest and have access to a full breadth of doctors. They can consult via video with specialists [in different fields],” he explained. During a typical videoconference exam, the patient is joined by a nurse, a registered dietician or another on-site medical professional in an exam room, and they connect with the physician in another office, such as an age management or hormone therapy specialist. Videoconferencing even lets a patient meet with multiple physicians at one time, significantly broadening the scope of their care.
A point-to-point single-screen room system like the LifeSize Express 220 is appropriate for many scenarios outside a medical practice. It does allow for a certain amount of privacy as
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