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Video teleconferencing helps heal Haiti

February 18, 2010 - 0 Comments

In previous posts on the TANDBERG Public Sector Blog, we’re discussed the benefits of telemedicine and the ways in which video teleconferencing (VTC) can help to provide high-quality healthcare. By delivering doctors and specialists to the patient via video, diagnosis and treatment can begin much more quickly, and the need to move a patient to the location of a needed specialist can be eliminated completely.

In addition to rural and geographically remote areas, we’ve discussed the locations of disasters and crisis as places where telehealth solutions delivered via VTC could have a significant impact on saving lives. By delivering doctors and other medical professionals via video, rescue and relief workers can vastly increase the number of medical professionals available to victims without forcing medical personnel to make prolonged personal and financial sacrifices.

An incredible example of how VTC can help deliver medical care in areas affected by disaster is what is currently happening in Haiti, where a January earthquake killed over 100,000 people and destroyed the homes of more than 2 million people.

Utilizing a satellite connection, doctors in Haiti are now able to consult with specialists in the United States in real-time, via video. This has allowed medical professionals at the University of Miami’s tent hospital in Port-Au-Prince to seek the help of specialists in Miami and other medical centers in the United States.

TANDBERG believes strongly in VTC’s ability to help disaster victims, and we’re proud that our technology is being used in the relief effort in Haiti. VTC is breaking down the walls between the victims of disasters and the care they need. That’s a new way of caring, and TANDBERG is proud to be leading the way, in Haiti and around the world.

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