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University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital Selects Video Guidance

July 07, 2011

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital has selected Video Guidance’s video communications system to connect young patients with their families, the company has announced.

Dispersed between the children’s hospital’s fourth, fifth and sixth floors, Video Guidance’s stationary and mobile video conference initiative includes 21 in-room systems. Serving patients throughout the hospital, three mobile video conferencing carts will primarily float between the pediatric intensive care units (PICU) and neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Separated by the Mississippi River, Fairview Health Services has multiple video conferencing units installed to address various applications at its Minneapolis locations.

Live video enables patients to be evaluated and diagnosed by physicians, extending the reach of healthcare, even in remote areas. Medical professionals enjoy the convenience of accessing professional development classes, certification courses and training through video conferencing.

“We are honored to serve University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and its staff, and its patients and their family members to help bring them closer together with video,” said Michael Werch, president of Video Guidance, in a company press release. “This newly installed technology now affords these patients and families to remain visually connected, offering greater emotional support for everyone.”

The doctors and nursing staff caring for the patient can now visually communicate with the parents who are at home, work, or traveling nationally or internationally with the help of this new video conferencing systems. Families are often forced to divide care-giving roles between hospital and home. Video conference technology will help the parent at home actively engage in care planning and feel less separated, the company stated in a press release.

Recently, the company designed an integrated distance learning program for Bloomington, Minn.-based Northwestern Health Sciences University. This technology-advanced distance education learning center is focused on enhancing instructional teaching capabilities from remote locations. This center has featured Video Guidance since 2007, when the company was contacted to create a theater of instruction with peer institutions, sharing faculty and guest lecturers.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.