It is known that video conferencing brings with it substantial business benefits. Companies adopting this technology across the organizational structure have reported substantial improvements in a number of parameters from employee engagement and team performance to better relationships with a number of external stakeholders like customers, partners, and suppliers.
For the healthcare industry, the benefits of video conferencing are much beyond fundamental workflows and relationships. This technology injects innovation which has the potential to transform the service. Healthcare is ideal for video conferencing. This is because healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses work office hours as they must see the patients. This means one side-either the doctor or the patient- must travel. It is logical that live video conferencing imports huge benefits.
Hospitals know this. This is the reason video conferencing has found instantaneous and wide acceptance in the healthcare industry. Those who do not already use this technology are already involved in developing their unique video conferencing solutions and implementing the same. Natural disasters highlight the need for such technology. Through video conferencing, a doctor can see the patient in the dead of night at a remote disaster shaken area where ambulances cannot reach. Emergencies are quickly seen and if possible, solved. If not, palliatives are given until an ambulance reaches the area.
Video conferencing in healthcare are frequently generalized as telemedicine. Healthcare is taken directly into the confines of the home of the patient. Healthcare professionals do a wide range of activities, including remote diagnosis, and periodic checks among many others. These are all done via video conferencing. Telemedicine of this kind can be done through off the shelf equipment like laptops and smartphones. There is little downside, but substantial upsides.
The impact is totally transformational. Video conferencing in a number of cases delete the requirement for visiting the physician's office. Both patients and healthcare professionals benefit hugely from such an arrangement. The need for both patients and doctors to navigate dense traffic can be almost eliminated. Conversely, people living in remote areas can negate the need for visiting physicians living many miles away. Quick access to reliable and flexible device independent video conferencing could leverage value of counselors and physicians by a wide margin. Teams can be set up across geographies. Health workers can be trained in larger teams at same time. A sense of community can be fostered as well.