At Cisco, we believe telemedicine can improve the quality of healthcare. To demonstrate some of the possibilities of telehealth, Senior Product Manager for Healthcare TelePresence Luke Leininger highlighted at InfoComm our next generation mobile telemedicine cart. The new device delivers high definition video technologies in a portable, user-friendly package.
Watch the video below to learn more about the cart’s simple user interface, which makes for easy connections between patients and their otherwise inaccessible healthcare providers. Read More »
99% of patients said they would use telehealth services again. You can’t get much better than that. St. Joseph Health System successfully launched a telehealth pilot earlier this year using CiscoHealthPresence™ that allows patients, physicians and other health and wellness specialists in disparate locations to meet and consult virtually via immersive video and audio technologies. The telehealth pilot is part of St. Joseph Health’s Healthiest Communities initiative, which focuses on improving access to health care services and quality of care to the communities it serves. The results are impressive.
The pilot has now been live for four months supporting Urgent Care, Specialty Care, Chronic Disease Management, and Wellness and Health Improvement. Care has been provided to about 250 patients. In addition 99% of patients said they would use telehealth services again. 95% of patients seen were “completely satisfied” with their telehealth experience. The telehealth program is providing access to healthcare in areas where it previously was not accessible.
Galloping technological change, encouraging economics, new partnerships, and rising consumer acceptance together poise telemedicine for widespread global adoption, according to Cisco and other experts at the 17th American Telemedicine Association meeting this week in San Jose.
“These next couple of years, I think, are critical,” said Dr. Danny Sands, Cisco Director of Medical Informatics. “I think this is the time. This is our time.” Read More »
“What I often feel today is, nurses nurse technology rather than nurse their patients.”
So says Cisco Chief Nursing Officer Curtis Dikes, a registered nurse in his own right, whose job at Cisco is to change that.
At the American Telemedicine Association’s 2012 meeting in San Jose, Dikes was kept fully engaged by attendees newly curious about Cisco technology and the customer-oriented thinking behind it.
“It’s not about the technology,” said Dikes during a break. “Technology is a conduit – part of the equation that enables a better care process.”
Do nurses have unique workflow requirements that warrant special attention? Yes, said Dikes, past president of the American Nursing Informatics Association. “Nursing has its specifics just like medicine.”
Thousands of ATA 2012 attendees heard Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wax enthusiastic about the future of telemedicine in his Tuesday morning keynote event.
“I love the fact that telemedicine fits into this category of people trying to do good things for those that don’t have access. I love that,” said Wozniak to applause.
”It’s kind of cool for a general doctor to get in touch with a couple of specialists this way.”
In a wide-ranging conversation onstage with ATA President Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., Wozniak predicted that computer intelligence will soon rival human intelligence – with profound implications for health care.
“Computers are getting closer to acting like humans. Your phone knows when you’re touching it now… and I think eventually they will be listening and looking with their cameras and microphones… You can make devices that see better than a human.
“Once a computer gets smarter than a human, then the company that uses computers will come out ahead economically.” Read More »