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Moving Patient Care Forward

When entering a hospital today, you’ll find a familiar and reassuring sight: hospital staff dedicated to physically monitoring and comforting patients who are confused or agitated, at risk for falls, wandering, and so on. While absolutely necessary, having a patient under constant monitoring by hospital employees, or nonhospital “patient sitters,” can lead to skyrocketing costs. At times, hospitals are not reimbursed for these expenses, meaning patient’s families are asked to provide sitters at their own expense -- imposing a burden for working family members.

With this in mind, we asked a question: How can patient observation costs be reduced while still providing the necessary care and attention patients need?

Enter: Virtual Assistance

Using HD video and two-way communication, healthcare organizations can dramatically drop the cost of patient observation. With virtual observation, trained staff in a central location can monitor multiple patients, notifying hospital staff onsite just as quickly as if they were physically there. To sweeten the deal, a virtual deployment runs over the hospital’s existing network without high-cost infrastructure installations or updates.

Virtual Patient Observation

Virtual Patient Observation

Providing Personal Attention

Park Nicollet Health Services, a nonprofit, integrated healthcare system located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, deployed Cisco’s virtual patient observation solutions to solve several challenges they faced:

  • Continuous observation of patients deemed at-risk in the hospital’s fall reduction program
  • Management of staff for 1:1 observation of priority and less severe monitoring cases
  • Coverage of multiple rooms with limited nursing staff, maximizing quality of care

With Cisco IP Cameras and Cisco Video Surveillance Manager, Park Nicollet has deployed video patient bedspace monitoring over their existing network, adding a “second set of eyes” to their team. The deployment has increased bedside care time for Registered Nurses and enhanced the environment for care, which has been reflected in Patient Care Scores.

Watch below as Eric Paine from Park Nicollet discusses the deployment during one of our recent roundtables:

Used as part of the hospital workflow, the Cisco Virtual Patient Observation solution can also:

  • Reduce risk and exposure for patients and operations
  • Improve communications between clinicians and staff providing specialized patient monitoring
  • Enhance bedside response by providing the caregiver with more information

Learn more about how Cisco is moving healthcare forward and be sure to watch this webinar on Healthcare Security Force Management Best Practices.

 

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Cisco Partner Summit Day 3: ‘We Are Absolutely Committed to You’

It’s hard to believe that the 17th Cisco Partner Summit is nearly in the books. It’s been a great week, both here in Boston and throughout our Virtual Partner Summit environment, and the buzz from partners has been as strong and steady as ever.

Day 1 of Partner Summit focused on Cisco’s vision, business transformation and the evolution of the channel. Day 2 covered the unique value proposition of Cisco’s technology, architectures and services. Today’s closing General Session punctuated Cisco’s stated commitment to partners, and that it’s together with partners that Cisco will become the world’s No. 1 IT company.

Today’s speaker lineup brought special guest Mark C. Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Virgil Unite Mentors, and, to close, Chuck Robbins, SVP, Worldwide Field Operations.

Throughout Partner Summit we’ve been hearing from you, our partners, about what you’re taking away from your time at the event. A few of you shared some closing thoughts with us today:

Read on for a closer look at Partner Summit Day 3. Read More »

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Cisco Statement on White House E-Rate Announcement

President Obama’s announcement today is a major step toward bringing our nation’s classrooms into the 21st century.  A modernized e-rate program will lay the groundwork for connected classrooms across the country, where students have digital textbooks and access to libraries of information at their fingertips.  This will help our children and grandchildren prepare for an ‘Internet of Everything’ future where technology is integrated into all aspects of work and life.

Under the leadership and vision of Mooresville Graded School District superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards, the Mooresville Middle School where the President made his announcement is a model for how technology can transform a classroom.  We at Cisco stand ready to work with the Obama Administration and the FCC to replicate this model around the country.

More information on Mooresville Graded School District

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Summary: The Reality of WebRTC…All Hype?

June 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm PST

At Google I/O it was revealed that the standard WebRTC, or Web Real Time Communications, would be available on more than one billion unique endpoints, desktops and mobile, within a week. That’s a lot of devices and this number is only growing.

In fact, WebRTC is looking to have the largest impact on how we communicate since voice over IP (VoIP). Thanks to WebRTC, collaboration technology, such as video, will be readily available and even easier to use through a web browser. With the increased adoption of WebRTC you can expect to see video play a more substantial role in our daily lives.

Cisco CTO of collaboration, Laurent Philonenko recently took to No Jitter to provide his thoughts on the potential of WebRTC and what’s still missing from the initiative.

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Cisco Live 2013 – Manufacturing Industry Presence and John Chambers Welcome Message

June 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm PST

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Get ready for one of the best Cisco Lives yet! A good number of attendees hail from industrial sectors such as heavy industrial/equipment, automotive, materials and mining, and consumer packaged goods (CPG), and they can look forward to some engaging activities not to be missed!

These industrial companies are wrestling with business challenges such as reducing costs, speeding time to market and improving production up-time. How does Cisco play in the industrial space you ask? What solutions do we provide for positively transforming operational plant networking environments? How does Cisco address real manufacturing Industry Care-abouts? Come to Cisco Live to find out. Hear John Chambers tell you more about this year’s event in the video below, then read on!

John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc., welcomes you to Cisco Live in Orlando

Whether you’re in IT or production and controls, Cisco Live will give you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on insights to how Cisco can help you with these challenges and help positively transform operations for your plant networking environment for the better.

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Chet Namboodri -- Cisco Managing Director, Manufacturing Industry

Here’s just a snapshot of what you can see for your industry:

Chet will be talking about industrial solutions for manufacturers and their suppliers and partners all who want transparent integration and secure real-time visibility between business networks (information technology) and control and automation systems (operational technology). Amongst them are “Smart Solutions” which provide open-standard, IP-based communication and control to reduce costs, improve up-time, increase asset utilization, and lock-down on end-to-end security.

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