American Well Chooses Vidyo’s Platform to Power its Online Care Services

The ATA conference opened its doors yesterday and is now buzzing with over 4000 researchers, clinicians, administrators, technicians and entrepreneurs, all focused on the development of telemedicine. This is one of the world’s largest conferences about telehealth and Vidyo is extremely excited to be a part of it.

… And we’re all the more thrilled today by this morning’s news: After partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital last week to support their TeleStroke program, Vidyo furthers its involvement in healthcare and telemedicine and announced today a partnership with American Well, whose Online Care Suite connects providers and patients for live, immediate, and clinically meaningful encounters using the Web or phone.

“Telehealth is playing an increasingly important role in American healthcare delivery, and at the heart of that shift is the high quality of the Online Care interaction,” said Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Well Systems. “Vidyo’s platform will offer our customers the opportunity to further enhance both the clinical and the personal experience for patient and provider alike – through its ability to deliver reliable, HD video quality over the Internet.”

American Well partners with health plans, delivery networks and pharmacy chains to enable Online Care services that allow patients to connect live and on-demand with primary care and specialty physicians, as well as other clinicians, whenever they have a health need, from their homes or workplaces. Providers are able to review the patient’s clinical information, discuss symptoms, diagnose, and prescribe medications as appropriate, for anything from common illnesses such as colds, flu, and sinus infections to chronic care management, behavioral health or nutrition. At the end of the consultation, the patient is encouraged to share a full record of the conversation with his or her primary care physician, maintaining continuity of care.

 

If you’re at the conference, please don’t hesitate to come see Vidyo’s technology in action at our booth (#1517).

 

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “American Well Selects the Vidyo Platform to Provide Enhanced Video Conferencing Capabilities for Its Online Care Suite”
- Our blog post:
Massachusetts General Hospital Chooses Vidyo’s Technology for Telestroke Program”
- Full Vidyo press release: “
Massachusetts General Hospital Telestroke Program Chooses Vidyo for Healthcare Video Conferencing and Telemedicine “

 

 

Australian Telemedicine Application Uses Vidyo

Attend Anywhere has been facilitating and managing the exchange of health services via video conference in Australia since 2001. Successful telehealth is a management, facilitation and integration challenge. System wide telehealth also requires an open peer to peer management and facilitation framework.  The Attend Anywhere web based management platform lets people locate services and each other and provides all the business integration, scheduling and management required.

Once doctors and patients have scheduled an appointment, they can join an HD video conferencing call from their laptops or computers, from anywhere, via Vidyo.

 

Secure, individual appointments are set up via the management platform using temporary video rooms that expire after the session is complete.

Many people who are still unfamiliar with Telemedicine are curious to know what it concretely consists of. To help getting a better idea of how video conferencing can be used in healthcare, here is an example of Vidyo and how the Attend Anywhere management platform can be used for chronic disease management.

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In 2011 telehealth is set to become a mainstream part of the Australian landscape as changes to government legislation and funding arrangements converge with systemic and business drivers, technology advances and social change. Recently, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Monash University’s Alfred Hospital Campus in Melbourne to view real life applications of the technology to support access to clinical services via VidyoConferencing.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard attends a demonstration as a consultant physician (in the room) uses his laptop to consult with the patient in the Yarra Valley (top) with input from the surgeon (bottom).

The Prime Minister previously announced that from July 2011 a government funding program of $402.2 million over four years will provide:

– Medicare rebates for online consultations across a range of specialties
– Financial incentives for specialists, GPs and other health professionals to participate in delivering online services
– Expansion of the GP after hours helpline and include the capacity for the helpline to provide online triage and basic medical advice via videoconferencing
– Training and supervision for health professionals using online technologies

The Prime Minister and State Premier chat with patients and clinicians.

Healthcare is about human communication and telehealth heralds a radically evolved health system where traditional face to face services are delivered in the same way, but without travel.  The key is making the option of telehealth easy and sustainable for providers of healthcare services.  This means integrating the capability within everyday workflows and dealing with a range of facilitating considerations.  With the management and integration support offered by Attend Anywhere coupled with natural, HD quality video conferencing provided by Vidyo, telemedicine empowers healthcare professionals and their patients, lowering costs, cutting down on travel, and making personal health support and care affordable and universally available to an ever growing number of people from all over Australia.

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Related Links:

- Boston Globe article: “Partners stroke care going mobile
- Our blog post:
Massachusetts General Hospital Chooses Vidyo’s Technology for Telestroke Program”


Massachusetts General Hospital Selects Vidyo for Telestroke Program

As the American Telemedicine Association Expo in Tampa is soon approaching, discussions about the growth and importance of telemedicine are held all over the healthcare world. Early this week, the ATA has called on the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive the restrictions on the Medicare telemedicine statute for new accountable care organizations.

“Access to telemedicine is a crucial step toward realizing accountable care organizations visions, and the outdated Medicare restrictions cause a hindrance to those goals,” added ATA’s CEO Jonathan Linkous. In a formal letter written to CMS, ATA has proposed recommendations including home-based medical videoconferencing, among others.

Vidyo today, announced that the Partners Healthcare Telestroke Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) – supporting 27 hospitals throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine — has deployed a revolutionary telemedicine communication and collaboration solution based on Vidyo’s platform. The Vidyo telehealth solution will be used for video conferencing and sharing data to enable specialists from MGH to examine patients at remote hospitals miles away to diagnose and recommend treatments. MGH selected Vidyo for the next stage of its telestroke program.

We were looking for a telemedicine solution with very specific features and benefits,” said Dr. Lee Schwamm, M.D., Director of the Partners Telestroke Center in Boston, and Vice Chairman, Dept. of Neurology/Director of Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The system had to work well, even with suboptimal network quality and also needed to be portable and flexible to allow us to work at a variety of different facilities, to expand our outpatient follow-up, non-acute care and provider-to-provider communications.”

MGH needed Vidyo to be interoperable with installed video conferencing systems at other hospitals outside of the MGH corporate network. The team also tested the Vidyo platform with the hospitals’ firewall configurations, “as-is,” to make sure the Vidyo platform would function with little or no support from IT people. They required that Vidyo be very adaptable to every environment with very little ‘tweaking’ from their IT group and that it deliver extremely natural, clear video fidelity. “When we conduct acute care stroke exams, video clarity is mandatory so that we can observe any subtleties of patient’s muscle movement and speech and detect problems; we need to clearly see the pupils in a patient’s eyes,” said Dr. Schwamm.

 

Vidyo will be at the 2011 ATA Conference in Tampa, Florida, from May 1 to May 4. Feel free to stop by our booth (#1517) and if you want to meet with us for a more in depth chat and demo, contact us!

 

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Related Links:

- Read about Massachusetts General Hospital and Vidyo on today’s Boston Globe article: “Partners stroke care going mobile
- Full Vidyo press release: “
Massachusetts General Hospital Telestroke Program Chooses Vidyo for Healthcare Video Conferencing and Telemedicine
- Full ATA press release: “
ATA: Removing Medicare Restrictions on Telemedicine is Key for Accountable Care

Vatican City Selects VidyoConferencing Technology to Ease Communications between Offices of the Holy See

Vatican SealThe Vatican is one of the world’s oldest institutions, keeper of Christian traditions and of thousands of years of history whose roots date back to the 5th century.

One of the objectives of the Vatican in the past few years has been centered around the improvement of communication. The sovereign territory of the Holy See illustrates this shared effort and has deployed VidyoConferencing to enhance interactions between the various locations throughout the organization.

 

Until now, Vatican City had been using traditional communications tools that no longer fulfilled the needs of a growing organization with offices worldwide. The selection of Vidyo’s platform was made by the Telecommunication Department of the city, which oversees the adoption of technologies within the Holy See; they reviewed a variety of different video conferencing solutions during their evaluation.

 

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican City’s Telecommunications Department’s objective was to introduce a high-quality, cost-effective, video communications and collaboration platform. Since most of those who would be using the system were not technically savvy, the system needed to be easy to use, access and maintain. Vidyo’s solution was a fit. It will allow anyone in the Vatican City to use video communications easily, even those with less technical knowledge, resulting in a reduction of travel costs and a positive impact on the environment.

For more information about how Vatican City uses VidyoConferencing, read the full press release here!

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “Vatican City Selects Vidyo Video Conferencing Technology to Ease Communications between Offices of the Holy See
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

 

Vidyo Taking Mobile Video Conferencing to the Enterprise

Today, Vidyo announced VidyoMobile, a groundbreaking solution enabling enterprise mobile users on iOS or Android-based smart phones or tablets to join multipoint video conferences with desktops and HD room system participants.

“By enabling devices like smart phones and tablets to participate effectively in video conferences with room systems and desktop users, VidyoMobile is a giant step in making Vidyo’s vision of natural communications universally available a reality,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo. VidyoMobile delivers HD multipoint mobile video conferencing to the enterprise, untethering users and turning popular tablets and smart phones into high performance video communication endpoints with quality available only on desktop computers to date.”

Vidyo was announced as a finalist of the 2011 Best of Interop Award!

Vidyo was announced as a finalist of the 2011 Best of Interop Award!

Vidyodemonstrated the first TV quality multipoint video conference on a smart phone during the keynote address at CES 2010 and this year, Vidyo was honored at CTIA for Mobile Leadership and Innovation with the 2011 Mobility Trax Award for Enterprise Mobility / Mobile Video Conferencing.

Vidyo’s communication and collaboration platform was licensed last year by Elisa  Corporation of Finland which released  the first commercially available mobile multipoint video conferencing service on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and smart phone – the first such service  on any telecom network.

 

Vidyo used its SDK to enable the  Apple iPad 2 to participate in HD 720p multipoint video conferencing within hours of general availability of the device… and today, Vidyo was honored and delighted to be announced as a Finalist for the “Best of Interop” award!

 

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “Vidyo Wins 2011 Mobility Award at CTIA for Outstanding Mobile Video Conferencing and Collaboration Solution
- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a iPad 2: “See it NOW: Vidyo conferences on iPad 2!

- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a Galaxy Tab: “Telepresence: Coming soon to a Galaxy Near You
- Jim O’Neill’s article in FierceVOIP: “VidyoMobile teleconferencing available on iOS, Android devices
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Full Vidyo press release: “Elisa Corporation to Pilot First Multi-Party TV-Quality Video Conferencing on Smart Phones and Tablets
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

VidyoCast to Demonstrate First H.264 SVC-based Broadcast Platform at NAB

Last September, Vidyo announced its broadcast division, VidyoCast, at IBC in Amsterdam, and unveiled an array of next-generation broadcast software and hardware products based on the VidyoRouter architecture which uses H.264 SVC (Scalable Video Coding) compression technology.  Starting today, Vidyo will be demonstrating its revolutionary platform for managing Live News, Sports, Entertainment and IP Feeds. The suite of products offers SD/HD quality video transport, remote contribution, ENG, sports production, net return, Master Control back up and disaster recovery.

According to Jim O’Brien, General Manager of VidyoCast, “VidyoCast is first-to-market with a new generation of H.264 SVC-based broadcast platform based on Vidyo’s award-winning architecture, which is a significant breakthrough for live television. In addition to encoders and decoders, we offer a range of hosted IP capabilities in private networks or across the Internet. These include point-to-multipoint control, edge-switching, bandwidth optimization, and live production tools such as Digital Video Effects, accomplishing multi-party on-screen interactions more easily than the industry has ever seen. Our groundbreaking VidyoRouter is at the heart of this platform and provides cloud-based feeds management, transrating, and resolution scaling without either degrading the quality of the video or adding significant latency.”

Vidyo will be at NAB 2011

Today, VidyoCast products are being used by leading broadcasters in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The suite includes VidyoContribution and VidyoCentral production products as well as VidyoIP Monitor Wall and VidyoEdit Review. These broadcast products will be showcased at the NAB Show in Las Vegas and the VidyoCast will be welcoming visitors from April 11 to April 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall, booth #SU 3502.

Also at NAB, Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder, Ofer Shapiro will be speaking at a session entitled “Interoperability, Quality, Security and Reliability in Telepresence.” This presentation will take place on  Tuesday,  April 12 at 11.30 am.

If you’re at NAB this week, we urge you to stop by, say hello and see the amazing VidyoCast products at Booth # SU 3502!

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Want to know more about H.264 SVC?

Industry consultant and author of “Video Over IP, Second Edition” Wes Simpson got everyone very excited about H.264 SVC at NAB 2011 and he wrote about it in this TVTechnology article: “Scaling Up for Scalable Video Coding“.

 

 

Vidyo Wins 2011 Mobile Video Conferencing Award at CTIA

Another Vidyo milestone took place at last night’s 2011 MobileTrax Wireless Innovators Dinner – an annual event that is part of CTIA, honoring excellence within the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry over the past year. In front of an audience that included senior executives, venture capitalists, investment bankers, industry analysts and media, Vidyo received the 2011 Mobile Trax Mobility Award for Enterprise Mobility / Mobile Video Conferencing.  We’re especially proud of this award since we’ve worked so hard to break new ground in video conferencing for mobile devices.

Last week, Vidyo used its SDK to enable the Apple iPad 2 to participate in high-definition 720p multipoint video conferencing within hours of general availability of the device!  And let’s not forget that Vidyo was demonstrated as the first TV quality multipoint conference on a smart phone during the keynote address at CES 2010. The Vidyo platform for mobile devices is a shining example of our innovation and leadership. Our SDK supports the iPad, iPhone 4, iPod, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S smart phone, the Google Nexus S, multiple other Android phones and tablets, and now the iPad 2, XOOM and Atrix.

MobileTrax's Gerry Purdy presents Vidyo's Amnon Gavish with the 2011 CTIA Mobility Award

According to Gerry Purdy, Principal Analyst with MobileTrax, “the Mobility Awards have honored the brightest innovators in mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services for the past 16 years. This accolade exemplifies Vidyo’s extensive innovation and significant contribution to the progress of the mobility industry. Vidyo is a pioneer in video communications and collaboration, and is now providing enterprises with ‘next-generation’ video conferencing mobility solutions that align with today’s mobility needs.”

Needless to say, we’re extremely proud of this award and thank Mobile Trax for recognizing a great innovator when they see one!  That’s Vidyo!

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “Vidyo Wins 2011 Mobility Award at CTIA for Outstanding Mobile Video Conferencing and Collaboration Solution
- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a iPad 2: “See it NOW: Vidyo conferences on iPad 2!

- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a Galaxy Tab: “Telepresence: Coming soon to a Galaxy Near You
- Full Vidyo press release: “Elisa Corporation to Pilot First Multi-Party TV-Quality Video Conferencing on Smart Phones and Tablets
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

Vidyo’s Education in Biological Diversity

ASUThere’s a lot to be said for learning from real life versus a text book. The staff and faculty at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences (SOLS) took the “seeing is believing” approach to education one step further, and last year initiated a class that allowed ASU students to explore the jungles of Panama without having to leave Tempe, Arizona.  Not only that, they were guided by leading research scientists and experts from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s facilities on Barro Colorado Island, in the middle of the Panama Canal!

Though the planning of this ASU-SOLS-Smithsonian virtual classroom project went smoothly, there was one major hitch.  Where could they find a video communications and collaboration solution that would allow students and faculty at ASU to connect easily and with exceptional (not just “good enough”) quality, to experts in these remote tropical areas? When Charles Kazilek, SOLS Director of Technology Integration and Outreach, discovered Vidyo, he was thrilled.

 

Videoconferencing from the jungles of Panama

 

According to Kazilek,  ”We needed to demonstrate to our team at SOLS that our solution could be taken to extreme limits and still work to the standards that we required. We needed to link telepresence to scientists in remote areas… environments that required something very flexible, very portable… something that actually works. We wanted to see how far we could penetrate literally into the jungle and bring back that experience to our students. We wanted to see how far we could push Vidyo.  Could we run it on 3G? Can we get it into the jungle?  Can we get it into the middle of an island in the middle of the Panama Canal?  What we found is – YES we can!”

Pretty incredible – but don’t take our word for it. Check out this great video that documents Vidyo’s important role in the ASU-STRI project and see for yourself!

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Related Links:

- Full press release: Arizona State University Selects Vidyo to Enable Virtual Classrooms in Tropical Biodiversity with the Smithsonian.
- Full VidyoReplay press release:
“Vidyo Announces Availability of Recording and Webcasting Solution for Video Conferencing”
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

 

Vidyo Integrates with Microsoft Lync, Delivering its VidyoConferencing to Lync Users Anywhere, Anytime

Interoperability is currently at the core of an important debate in the video conferencing industry which will surely escalate in the coming months as more and more players in the market start to embrace standards such as the new extensions to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and the H.264 SVC standard (scalable video coding).

Vidyo, as always, is in the thick of this discussion and we’ve been doing our part to further interoperability in this market.  Yesterday, we released the latest in a series of announcements we’ve made over the past six months that demonstrate our focus on interoperability and unified communications: a new Plug-In for Microsoft Lync that will enable Lync users to quickly and easily initiate and participate in HD multiparty Vidyo conferences. Lync users will now be able to access Vidyo’s personal telepresence by simply selecting it from within their desktop application. Vidyo’s Microsoft Lync Plug-In is also backward compatible with Microsoft OCS 2007.

When a user clicks on the “VidyoConferencing” button from a pull-down menu or presence icon for a given contact in Microsoft Lync, the contact is automatically invited to the user´s Vidyo meeting room, and a “guest hyper-link” is provided if the contact is not a registered Vidyo user. Vidyo has also simplified scheduling and guest participant invitations with a separate plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. To create a calendar invite for a meeting, users can simply click the VidyoConferencing button on their Outlook toolbar, adding a URL that takes invited guests directly into the user´s virtual meeting room, providing easy one-click access for invitees.

Want to know more about Vidyo’s integration with Lync? Read the full press release here.

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Related Links:

- More Information regarding Lync can be found on Microsoft’s website.
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”
– Mike Vizard’s article about Vidyo’s plug-in for Lync in CTO Edge.

 

 

Vidyo at 2011 Enterprise Connect: A Welcome Disruption

Enterprise connect is drawing to a close, and what a great event it was for Vidyo! We made two significant announcements: VidyoReplay’s recording and webcast features enable users to archive and share their video conferencing content with whomever they like, whenever they want, from any endpoint. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition delivers the most affordable scalability for telecom carriers and large organizations to deploy Personal Telepresence as a cloud service. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition is the answer to the demands placed on infrastructure as mobile endpoints and the need for video conferencing  and cost increase providing up to 90% savings over other solutions while supporting thousands of concurrently connected endpoints.

Vidyo was honored that VidyoRouter Cloud Edition was selected as a 2011 finalist for the Enterprise Connect award and twice as excited that HP’s Visual Collaboration Executive Desktop HP TouchSmart 600 Quad was also a finalist. Vidyo’s CMO Ashish Gupta is pictured here with HP’s Tom Carhart, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Visual Collaboration.

Vidyo and HP announced a partnership in June 2010 under which HP would expand its Visual Collaboration offering using Vidyo’s complete VidyoConferencing line of software-based desktop and room system-based solutions running on HP servers. Additionally, Vidyo’s CEO, Ofer Shapiro, joined John Bartlett of NetForecast, Ira Weinstein of Wainhouse Research and Cisco, Polycom, Microsoft and Radvision for a panel discussion about video conferencing interoperability, video protocols, and standards. Last year Ofer Shapiro participated in the same panel when SVC (Scalable Video Codec) was at the core of an industry debate. At that time, H.264 SVC-based technology was relatively new to the market and its impact was still being questioned.  What a difference a year makes! The scale has tipped as many companies followed Vidyo’s early lead by announcing support for SVC. The majority of the panel acknowledged that they are moving to next generation architectures and disruption is occurring in the market today. They also agreed that gateway -based solutions will continue to enable interoperability in the near term. One notable comment came from Microsoft’s Warren Barkley, Director of Partner Engineering, who acknowledged the impact of next generation architectures and even referred to Vidyo as a company leading innovation.

Another interesting session featured customers sharing their experiences and views about the challenges and success of deploying video conferencing. The session was moderated by John Bartlett who was joined by Andrew Davis, from Wainhouse Research and panelists Rob Goodwin of ESPN, Case Murphy of AOL, Russ Cary of SAS, and Charles Kazilek of Arizona State University. A key issue raised was the network overhaul required by many video conferencing solutions. Several panelists voiced their frustration with hidden network challenges. Case Murphy of AOL shared that he was lucky – his network could handle video despite the new requirements with no issues. ESPN and SAS clearly had to rethink and rebuild their network with the solutions they selected. When asked about networking challenges, Arizona State University’s Charles Kazilek paused, smiled, and said “I’d like to say I feel your pain but… I don’t feel your pain since I use Vidyo!” With Vidyo’s technology, ASU didn’t have to make changes to his network: A video conferencing decision shouldn’t require a network overhaul. Nuff said!

The following interview says it all!  Techweb TV’s David Berlind interviewed Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, Mark Noble.  Check out why David is so excited about Vidyo:

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here.
- Full VidyoReplay press release:
“Vidyo Announces Availability of Recording and Webcasting Solution for Video Conferencing”
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”