Video conferencing has a variety of exciting applications for the healthcare industry, allowing medical professionals greater access to information and training. For patients, virtual healthcare has the potential to provide superior care that is tailored to one’s specific needs, regardless of geographic location. Here are some of the uses that are already being integrated into the healthcare industry with Blue Jeans video conferencing:

  • Delivering Telehealth through Video Conference

    Physicians can do virtual "house calls" and conduct medical consultations through a video conference. For patients located in rural areas, connecting with healthcare providers in major cities provides unprecedented access to the best care, without the prohibitive costs of traveling. Rural clinics can keep in constant contact with their primary location to ensure synchronicity.

     

    Video conferences also enables cost-effective healthcare delivery to incarcerated and institutionalized patients, patients with mobility limitations, and patients who require psychiatric services but are hesitant to make an in-person appointment at a psychiatric doctor's office.

    In the event of complex diagnoses, care providers can consult distant specialists to ensure their assessments take the latest developments into account before moving forward. Blue Jeans eliminates the complications of connecting different offices are it supports interoperable video conferencing between different platforms.

    After a patient is discharged from recovery at a health care facility, he or she can remain connected to doctors through video conferencing in the home. Treatment doesn’t need to stop when the patient returns home, as Blue Jeans allows virtual group therapy sessions.

  • ICU Support/Emergency Room:

    Remote monitoring programs at Intensive Care Units in hospitals provide round-the-clock support to medical staff by employing a combination of technologies such as real-time video and digital equipment for patient monitoring and interactive video conference capability with on-site ICU staff. Emergency care providers can go on a video conference with a medical specialist who otherwise may not have been available for a consultation.

  • Health Education:

    Health care professionals can set up video conferences to conduct continuing education initiatives for participants in various locations. This technology can also be used by patients to receive health information or even take courses on disease management.

Benefits of Video Conferencing in Telehealth

Success stories at healthcare facilities show that video conference technology is an extremely effective tool in the delivery of remote telemedicine. As can be seen from the above scenarios, the uses of video conferences in telehealth are many and diverse. By employing this technology whenever applicable, both patients and healthcare providers can lower the costs related to office visits. A patient does not have to leave the comfort of his or her home while the doctor can monitor and collect patient information from anywhere.

Aside from minimizing unnecessary travel time and costs, consultations via a video conference is particularly helpful to patients who have issues about traveling to a clinic or hospital due to mobility problems or environment-related concerns. In addition to enabling doctor-patient communication, video conference technology also allows hospitals to establish networks as a venue for consults with each other and for offering professional support and advice.

By giving medical experts the ability to easily share their expertise and knowledge outside of their organizations via video conference systems, physicians can give tremendous value to each other and to patients. Both patients and healthcare professionals have much to benefit from video conference technology from better healthcare access to improved quality of care and health outcomes. As such, Blue Jeans technology can potentially transform the current health care system to a more cost-effective one.