During the week of ATA 2012, Vidyo hosted our inaugural Healthcare Advisory Council meeting on May 2nd at our Executive Briefing Center in Redwood Shores, CA.
Council members participated in a dynamic exchange of current use cases, future trends and best practices in healthcare using video conferencing solutions from Vidyo. A common theme emerged as council members recounted the benefits of expanded access to quality healthcare through the use of Vidyo between endpoints such as the iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices. Please review this 5 minute highlight video if you want to understand how Vidyo, along with these thought leaders, are demonstrating the vision that is needed within Healthcare today.
Vidyo Co-founder and CEO, Ofer Shapiro, delivered a presentation highlighting recent announcements to the Vidyo portfolio and engaged in dialogue with the council members about video conferencing needs in healthcare. At a time where healthcare expenses are rising at astounding rates, Vidyo technology is enabling patients to see the appropriate healthcare professionals without having to leave their homes. Vidyo is also enabling consults between healthcare professionals to occur in a timely manner between locations only limited by the reach of the internet.
Also presenting at the council was Dr. Dale Alverson of the University of New Mexico and Dr. Jeff Kessler of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth.
Dr. Alverson, a past President of ATA, talked about the global aspects of International Telehealth, specifically discussing the ability of doctors in the Amazon to meet with remote patients and local healthcare professionals while working from a floating clinic.
Dr. Kessler revealed that the number of Telehealth patient encounters in 2011 in GA alone was over 40,000. The fields of psychiatry, neurology, Telestroke and rural patient care have been most aggressive in utilizing video conferencing thus far, and expansions into many other fields are rapidly emerging.
Council members and the Vidyo executive team came away from the meeting with a great deal of excitement about the future prospects of Vidyo-enabled telemedicine and Telehealth solutions to improve the quality and decrease the cost of providing critical services to patients around the world.