The healthcare industry is gaining huge benefits through the use of video conferencing technology, not only for doctors and staff, but also for patients and institutions. There are several ways that healthcare facilities, both large and small, are utilizing this important technology, and it is up to the value-added reseller (VAR) to demonstrate the benefits of video conferencing to them. Below are examples of these benefits:
Many doctors are offering reduced office-visit costs to patients who are willing to be seen via video conferencing technology. As a result, many more patients are able to get the medical care that they may not have been able to previously. Doctors also reduce costs by using fewer examining rooms, not having to move between rooms as often in the practice, and the reduced use of medical supplies in the office. Doctors can also reduce costs associated with travel to meetings, training, consultations, and conventions. Medical professionals can be anywhere and still be working with their patients, labs, and support staff, saving time and money. All of these are important benefits toward cost reduction.
By utilizing video conferencing, patients who are immobile, too sick to see their medical professional, or live in a remote area can see their doctor or a specialist as needed. Doctors, in turn, can perform anything from initial consultations to follow-ups after procedures to monitoring of a patient to conferring with both the patient and a specialist remotely.
Video conferencing can be used in order to connect professionals for enhanced communication and collaboration capabilities. Certification training sessions can be conducted in one session across multiple facilities, reducing time and travel. Doctors can collaborate with professionals from other hospitals in order to enhance learning and improve customer care. Learning sessions for new employees can be conducted with everyone at once so that things like hospital policy, insurance billing, and scheduling can be consistently related.
Improved Patient Care
Because medical professionals have immediate access through video conferencing to things like test results, images, and other professionals, patient care is more timely and accurate. Doctors can communicate directly with staff administering care for a patient in a remote location, improving delivery of treatment.
Medical professionals who use video conferencing are able to learn faster, access and share knowledge more easily, and develop one-on-one relationships in a more rewarding way. This strengthens the entire facility’s ability to care for patients and improves its reputation and competitive advantage.
Both patients and healthcare professionals have a lot to gain from the growing use of video conferencing in the medical industry. This tool helps doctors and patients reduce costs, especially patients who live in rural areas. Doctors can gain certifications and important training without having to travel, making them stronger medical professionals. Groups can be trained on hospital policy in a consistent and professional manner. When medical professionals have better access to knowledge and new ideas, the more valuable their patient care becomes and the more people will want to use their services. This provides these professionals a competitive edge in the industry. VARs can help medical facilities reach these goals by discussing the benefits of video conferencing with their medical customers.
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