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Video answers the call for healthcare access

January 12, 2010
at 5:19 pm PST

Beneath political leanings, opinions on public options and discussions on whether the government should be involved in healthcare is a single, simple problem. Access. At the end of the day, can Americans receive the care they need, when they need it?

There are a handful of different roadblocks. The most obvious is the financial restriction. Even those who can afford insurance may face significant financial hardship from life’s broken limbs or chronic conditions.

Another roadblock is access. The logistics of getting to a specialist or doctor capable of treating a particular condition can be a challenge for many Americans.

This is particularly true of specialists such as neurologists or cardiologists. However, Video teleconferencing (VTC) is quickly becoming the answer for patients who may not have the access they want to the doctors they need. Through VTC, patients receive treatment regardless of where they are, and specialists in high demand see patients more quickly and efficiently, bringing the care that is needed to the patient who needs it, when they need it.

A great example of this is TANDBERG customer Specialist on Call (SOC), which recently delivered its 10,000th teleneurology consultation via VTC. Specialists On Call provides hospitals across the country with immediate, around-the-clock access to board certified neurologists via VTC.

Hospitals using SOC’s teleneurology service have been able to bring life-saving treatments to patients more quickly and efficiently than those not using the service. In fact, at hospitals using SOC’s service, the clot dissolving drug tPA has been delivered to 59% of patients presenting with Acute Ischemic Stroke within the 3-hour window. This is more than three times the national average delivery rate for hospitals treating similarly eligible stroke patients.

Specialists can help save lives, make chronic conditions more manageable and reduce the long-term effects of medical emergencies via video. By giving everyone access to quality care regardless of who they are or where they are, VTC is truly breaking down the walls between patients and doctors. Now that’s a new way of caring.

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