At this week’s Court Technology Conference (CTC 2009) in Denver, there was a lot of buzz about how to use technology to reduce costs, which makes sense in these economic times, and how to automate processes to speed them up. Sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, the show brought together more than 1,500 court professionals from around the world. For three days, participants learned how to use the latest advances in court technology to help them improve court operations and better serve the public.
The courts that already use technologies such as Video Teleconferencing (VTC) are looking at ways to upgrade. For instance, regular users of VTC are looking at ways to add mobility so judges, especially in states that have large rural areas, can stay connected while they are mobile.
Another extension we’ve heard about at CTC 2009 is the use of VTC in civil trials, where there may be a need to include testimony from someone who is incarcerated. VTC allows for that, while cutting transportation costs and lowering security risks.
CTC 2009 was a great show this week, and it’s interesting to see how the tides are turning about the use of technology in the courts. It used to be a “nice to have” — today it’s a “need to have.”
When it comes to delivery of quality healthcare, sometimes the reality of distance to facilities and specialists can create a barrier to actual delivery to patients. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health (CDH) found that the use of VideoTeleconferencing (VTC) eliminates barriers to that quality care.
In focus groups, UAMS discovered that in Arkansas, transportation is a major barrier for patients who are seeking specialized medical care. By enabling access to telehealth VTC in rural communities, UAMS can deliver specialized services, training, education and support to thousands of doctors and patients in rural areas – and anywhere across the globe.
On Tuesday, September 29, Michael Manley, Director of Outreach for the UAMS CDH, and Joe D’Iorio, TANDBERG Healthcare Advocate, will share the key advantages of telehealth to tertiary hospitals (those that focus on specialized care over an extended period of time), remote facilities, specialty centers, and, most importantly, to patients. They will be joined by Dr. Curtis Lowery, Dept Chair OB-GYN at UAMS CDH, who will discuss specific cost savings and advantages to the tertiary hospital – including the ability to make effective use of the specialist’s time, the ability to bring in other counselors to help the patient understand and move forward without the need for even more visits to the hospital.
You can join this interactive session from your desktop and ask questions of the experts on how best to implement a VTC strategy. Click here toRegister.
2 p.m. Eastern /11a.m. Pacific
Tuesday, September 29th
Michael Manley, Director of Outreach, UAMS Center for Distance Health
Dr. Curtis Lowery, Dept Chair OB-GYN, UAMS
Joe D’Iorio, Healthcare Advocate, TANDBERG
For a business investment as high profile as telepresence, seeing a solid return on investment is important.
Many companies who chose a telepresence solution based on discounted hardware typically realize hidden costs that outweigh the value. That is why it is so important to research your options and make sure you ask vendors some key questions that can help you take a deeper look at the possible choices available for telepresence solutions.
School budgets are being slashed everywhere these days, so it is nice to be a part of programs that offer alternative (and sometimes free) education opportunities. In a recent post by Wesley Fryer on Moving at the Speed of Creativity, he shared not only how he is able to work remotely with ease and convenience, but also a list of courses being featured in the TANDBERG Connections Program.
Some of Fryer’s professional development sessions on digital storytelling, blended learning, education podcasting and other topics are offered to educators who are eligible for Connections and have access to video teleconferencing (VTC) equipment.
Fryer is a content provider listed with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), and we think his efforts to help educators learn more about teaching with 21st Century technology are notable. Using VTC for professional development, whether in education or other environments, is a great way to cut costs, save time and manage resources, which are very limited in today’s economic environment.
Educators are teaching children who are introduced to technology – and savvy at using it – at younger and younger ages. It is imperative that today’s educators find any and all ways to use technology in the classroom, and what better way to do it than by taking advantage of cost effective, and sometimes free programs delivered over video?