At last week’s iHT2 Health Summit at the New York Academy of Medicine, I had the pleasure of introducing Dr. Ben Kanter, chief medical information officer at Palomar Health, California’s largest health district. During his presentation, Dr. Kanter discussed the new $1B, 11-story Palomar Health Medical Center in western Escondido which opened for patient care on August 19, 2012. Called the “Hospital of the Future” by healthcare pundits, the new Palomar facility integrates key technologies, such as EMR, video and collaboration solutions, into an environment that uses nature, light, and outdoor space which work together to promote healing.
During the design phase, Palomar’s leadership team, including Dr. Kanter, worked closely with Cisco on the goal of creating a higher level of mobility and collaboration among clinicians, patients and their families. Cisco technologies currently in use include unified communications (video, WebEx, Wireless IP Phones) along with Unified Computing System, all tied together via a wired and wireless Cisco medical-grade network.
Dr. Ben Kanter, chief medical information officer at Palomar Health:
“The ability Cisco provides to tie everyone in the hospital together – patients, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, infection control, administrative teams -- through a security optimized, mobile and video-enabled environment, will have significant, positive impact across the healthcare continuum. Now patients have greater freedoms within the hospital, without compromising their health, as they are observed both inside and outside of hospital walls. And the ability for our doctors to review patient information from a mobile device, and conference in a nurse and a specialist at the same time to discuss the case, will completely change patient care.”
We invite you to learn more about Palomar Health and to watch a four-minute highlights video about the new medical center.
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As Hurricane Isaac is about to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, I can’t stop thinking about Hurricane Andrew, who hit my hometown in Miami, Florida back on August 24, 1992. Hurricane Andrew, the third costliest hurricane, costing over $26 billion, hit our neighboring city of Homestead, Florida the hardest.
The morning of August 24th, around 3am, I will always remember very clearly. The winds were howling so loud it woke me up. The sky was bloody red. It looked and sounded like a really horrible scary movie. To this day, I can never watch horror movies.
The days that followed were some of the toughest I had experienced. My colleague Mark Rogers’ put it well in his blog he shared “Conditions were terrible”. Looking at the devastation of Hurricane Andrew to our State, our neighbors, our home, what was in front of me was pure sadness. After many, many weeks, school was able to resume in trailers. On the first day back, not all of my friends returned. I heard some decided to move away permanently while others were not ready to return. I remembered my homeroom teacher telling us to stay connected. Read More »
Tip #1: Use the white board to provide a welcome or instructions!
Use the white board to post an agenda, give dial-in instructions, list who’s attending and much more.
All you need to do it go to the Share > Whiteboard menu option and it will appear. The grab the text tool, choose a color and start to type. See the photo on the right as an example.
Tip #2: Share a photo (a.k.a. document) to make starting a meeting a welcoming experience.
This is the same idea but it requires a little more effort. In this case, you’ll want to find an image that conveys the feeling you want to establish. You can also use your logo or something with your brand so folks know they are in the right place.
Like most families, we are looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend. It will be filled with family, ribs, beer, some yard work, and yes, some Cisco work. And this year we will have a new guest. The latest member of the Barney family, Hayden, arrived just in time to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Although I am sure her mother is not looking back fondly on her recent labors, the rest of the family is. And we are all grateful for the healthy little girl.
But I will have to tear myself away from Hayden, ribs, beer, and yard work for, yes, Cisco work. But that won’t be as painful as it sounds. Thanks to the advanced technologies at Cisco I can work from home. The way I ‘labor’ has definitely changed. I can collaborate over videoconference on my Cisco Telepresence EX-90 with a few of my colleagues to finish up a project while never leaving my house. I live in Ohio, and while my team is located in San Jose, for a few hours on Saturday it will be as if they are all at my house – except they have to get their own beer.
Cisco has changed the way we labor in many important ways, but no more so than when it comes to clinical care. Cisco has created a platform with unified communications and video-based collaboration that is transforming the patient experience and clinical processes by bringing together physicians, specialists, therapists, patients and families together. This collaboration can take place quickly without anyone getting into a car, train, plane or boat. And it becomes stunning when you think about how this can impact the care of a child.
Imagine your child needs cardiac surgery. And he needs a specialist. But that specialist is several hours away from your home. At the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Co-Medical Director Professor Martin Elliott, a pediatric cardio-thoracic surgeon uses information and collaboration technologies to improve the quality of care and the experience for the child and its family in a very meaningful way. Listen to Professor Elliott discuss the experience for the medical team, the child, and the family as they prepare the child for surgery.
Collaboration technologies can improve not just the pre-surgical experience, but the follow-up care as well.
For the past 14 years, Dr. Patrick Byrne from Greater Baltimore Medical Center Johns Hopkins University has been making annual trips to countries in the developing world, volunteering his services to correct cleft and lip palate deformities in children. However, in many countries, including Nicaragua, the required post-surgical speech therapy care is simply not available. Using WebEx technology, Dr. Byrne and team can now provide that specialized treatment remotely for the first time ever. Within just three months of speech therapy conducted via WebEx, the doctors saw significant improvement in patients’ speech. The online meeting technology also proved the perfect tool to train local providers on best practices for follow-up procedures. Listen in…