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Cisco Partner Invite Reminder – Mobile Video Webinar Recording

June 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm PST

STOP PRESS:  Here’s the recording of this Webinar for those folks who couldn’t attend! Very worthwhile for Cisco Partners! Click the link: 

Cisco Manufacturing Mobile Video Collaboration Solution

The Just a quick reminder for Cisco Partners to attend the Cisco and Librestream Partner Webinar tomorrow (9th June 2011) at 8.00am Pacific. Find out about the exciting new solution that’s being adopted worldwide by customers like Boeing, GE and FIAT.

Remember how I told you I was really excited by this new Cisco and Librestream MMVC solution. Lots of information out on the web, and lots of questions so I thought I’d put a brief video together to give you an introduction and to see if we can get a discussion going and also to see if we can answer some of the questions for you. It addresses what really matters to many customers. What are the pain-points that manufacturers and industry have today? How do they get hold of the right people to fix things if something goes wrong, and how can they say ‘I see what you mean now’ — and really mean it? My original blog gave lots of information.

If you are a Cisco Partner and interested in building a manufacturing industry practice, this webinar is for you!

Register here: Cisco Manufacturing Mobile Video Collaboration Solution. Remember, it’s just one hour starting at 8.00 am Pacific, 12.00pm Eastern -- lots of opportunity to ask questions!  Read More »

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Video Banking – Instant Access to Expertise

Guest post by Carl Wiese, VP of Cisco’s Global Collaboration Sales. Carl is responsible for leading Cisco’s worldwide collaboration business, overseeing a global team of 1800 product sales specialists who sell Cisco’s unified communications, telepresence, contact center and web conferencing solutions.

I spend a lot of time talking with customers representing many industries across the globe. Like most industries, financial institutions are looking for new ways to retain and grow their customer base while continuing to provide exceptional customer experiences.

One solution that many are implementing is the use of video to create access to remote experts in a personalized way.

Cisco's Remote Expert solution

With the expanding role of the network, pervasive video allows customers to access all the financial expertise they need at one time, in one place via the channel of their choice. Now consumers are no longer reliant on in-branch resources and schedules they can choose to connect by video and instantly access a pool of experts regardless of location.  It’s a win-win for both the customer and the financial institution.

One example of Cisco Remote Expert application in a client retail environment is the Citizens Financial Group Video Banking solution. This pilot, announced today, helped Citizens transform their mortgage and wealth management customer experience by enabling real-time access to experts, information, advice and solutions to both Citizens and Charter One customers. Read More »

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Mitigating poor health literacy with telepresence

June 7, 2011 at 6:19 am PST

I’ve talked on the telepresence blog about how telepresence can help bring healthcare to those who would otherwise go without. But the technology can also play an important role with those people who do receive treatment: it can help teach them to manage their care at home and prevent return trips to the hospital.

According to a recent Washington Post article, the U.S. Department of Education conducted a study that revealed that 36 percent of adults have only rudimentary literacy skills for understanding health material. An estimated 14 percent of these adults struggle with complete illiteracy. Another 52 percent of the total adult population has intermediate skills, meaning they can interpret and follow basic drug administration directions, while only 12 percent of the population has attained proficiency in reading, understanding, and following what the doctor or pharmacist says.

The nation’s limited health literacy costs us as much as $238 billion each year in hospital re-admissions and treating avoidable complications, the article said. To remedy these problems, hospitals and health plans have begun to implement technology to help identify and simplify confusing medical jargon that finds its way into written patient instructions.

But what about the 14 percent who can’t read at all? The Post noted that some healthcare providers have started giving patients instructional videos or picture-filled handouts. While these are great tools for patients to have, telepresence provides even more: the visual of the videos, the detail of the pictures, and the human connection.

With telepresence a patient can talk to a provider in real time, ask personal questions, demonstrate for the doctor how they plan to take their medicine … the list goes on. I have to think catching up with patients here and there via telepresence would cost less—in dollars and hours—than readmitting, retesting, retreating, and re-instructing someone in the emergency room. Not to mention the decrease in anxiety for doctors and patients that would come with knowing people are properly managing their care.

Increased knowledge for patients, less frustration and repeat care for providers—sounds like a win-win to me.

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News@Cisco Week in Review and Look Ahead: May 31-June 3

Another week is already behind us. Check out some of top stories of the week that include a feature story on implementing solar energy for the everyday person, a demo on Cisco TrustSec Security and the Visual Networking Forecast (VNI) for 2010-2015.

1.) Why Knowledge is (Solar) Power

Should you put solar panels on your roof? It’s a simple question, but not an easy one to answer. A startup company called Geostellar is developing an Internet-based platform that will help property owners figure out whether their homes or businesses are well suited for solar. Read more about this new development here!

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What’s Next for Video: Join Cisco at InfoComm in June

In the past year, enterprise video customers have seen new advancements, exciting innovations and big changes for the entire industry. And according to Cisco’s most recent Visual Networking Index, the growth of video is continuing across businesses worldwide:  Business video conferencing is estimated to grow sixfold from 2010 to 2015, significantly faster than overall business IP traffic.

Looking ahead, the Cisco Telepresence team is currently gearing up for InfoComm in Orlando Florida, June 11-17.

We are incredibly excited for what we’ll be announcing at InfoComm, including new products and new Telepresence capabilities, as well as an opportunity to tour the largest, most comprehensive Cisco TelePresence demo ever. Watch the video below for more details on what you can expect from Cisco at this year’s InfoComm:

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