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August 15, 2007

LifeSize HD Videoconferencing: Improving Cancer Patient Care

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor


Telemedicine, along with the help of HD Videoconferencing, has become an increasingly important practice in the healthcare industry for its ability to allow communications between health professionals from varied and distant locations to occur.
 
By utilizing HD Videoconferencing, telemedicine becomes even more beneficial to the healthcare industry.  Several systems with experts in their field can instantly come together to consult on special cases without wasting the time associated with travel.
 
 HD Videoconferencing also makes it possible for more consultants to comment on cases and for more clinicians to work together on diagnoses and treatments, so quicker and better care becomes available.
 
The Pan Birmingham Cancer Network, a network of organizations providing care for those with cancer in the UK and which covers a population of 1.6 million people, has turned to HD videoconferencing provider LifeSize for their new Telemedicine Program.

Clinicians, oncologists, pathologists and radiologists are able, through HD videoconferencing, to more frequently review cases as well as discuss and change courses of treatment. This is vital in not just saving consultant's time, but also improving overall care.
 
In other cases where telemedicine is used, the added benefit of HD Videoconferencing in a pandemic is that the spreadable virus is contained in an area away from the specialists.
 
As Dr. Raji Ganesan, consulting histopathologist at The Women’s Hospital, Birmingham explained in a statement to the press, “The systems also have enabled us to make more timely patient management decisions through improved liaison. In addition there has been more input from the specialists from other sites who might ordinarily have been unable to attend – which is of incredible importance to patients.”  Along with these benefits, the educational benefits and ability to train more doctors is a priceless advantage made possible by HD videoconferencing.
 
 
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Stefania Viscusi is an established writer and avid reader. To see more of her articles, please visit Stefania Viscusi’s columnist page.
 



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