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If the Doctor Can't Be There, Telepresence Can

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January 06, 2011

If the Doctor Can't Be There, Telepresence Can

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor


"Healthcare is most effective when the doctor and the patient are face-to-face."That's the position of officials of Vu TelePresence, and it's hard to see where they're wrong. As they say, "access to the right expert at the right time can make a huge difference in the quality of diagnosis and subsequent treatment."


That's why they're touting the advent of Vu TelePresence’s high definition videoconferencing unit, which allows the patient to be seen in high resolution, "allowing medical practitioners to make a diagnosis rapidly and effectively." Besides, the ease of use for medical care providers and the low cost, the applications of Vu TelePresence in medicine are seen as "vast" by company officials.

Vu TelePresence in Healthcare is being billed as useful in such situations as doctors and healthcare professionals viewing patients at remote locations, increasing timely care and productivity, and gaining anytime access to subject matter experts and specialists.

The technology can also help reduce expensive patient transfers, provide health care to rural areas, schools, prisons and offer real time clinical trials. It can also be of great benefit in the education and training of medical professionals.

The Federal Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), according to Vu TelePresence officials, "outlines the requirements that organizations handling client/patient records and information must follow to protect patient health information. Vu TelePresence provides standards based embedded encryption (128-bit AES) and password access in order to facilitate HIPAA compliance by organizations for patient confidentiality."

HIPPA is not technology specific, but as company officials explain in a bit of a disclaimer, it "dictates that an organization must use due diligence to secure patient health information. Vu TelePresence’s utilization of 128-bit AES encryption and password access meets or exceeds HIPAA guidelines outlining the requirements necessary.

However, use of Vu TelePresence systems does not mean the customer is HIPAA compliant but only pertains to the ability of the product to meet such guidelines as long as the customer follows acceptable IT security practices within its organization."








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