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May 29, 2012

Saint Vincent Health System Builds Telehealth Network Using Polycom RealPresence

By Nathesh
TMCnet Contributor

Saint Vincent Health System is stated to have built a telehealth network by using Polycom (News - Alert) RealPresence video solutions, and has assembled healthcare professionals and patients in virtual environments in over 26 centers in Pennsylvania.

Saint Vincent is a regional referral center committed to offering a comprehensive network of specialty medical care around the clock, and has integrated the most sophisticated specialties and specialists to ensure life is preserved with the utmost attention.

Using the newly commenced telehealth network, the center has treated over 65 stroke victims and brought down rehospitalizations, and since video collaboration is used instead of traveling, doctors can tend to more patients and access high-quality care by linking to the expertise of the best specialists – no matter where they practice.

Saint Vincent center also acknowledged that video collaboration significantly improved cardiac, oncology, stroke and bariatric treatments.

Saint Vincent center added that telehealth can reduce the overall cost of healthcare and increase efficiency through better management of chronic diseases, shared staffing, reduced travel time and fewer and shorter hospital stays.

In its tele-cardiology program, for example, the Polycom video collaboration helped it overcome the challenge involved in rural medicine where great distances must be covered and with limited resources, and literally changed the way it practiced medicine. 

Polycom’s RealPresence Platform acts as the unifying hub in one’s unified communications environment, and works via open standards-based interoperability with communications and business applications from hundreds of vendors. Like Saint Vincent, more healthcare organizations around the globe are employing Polycom video solutions to change the way they learn teach and deliver medical services.

For a healthcare company, Polycom can minimize patient evaluation times, treat patients remotely, improve medical education, enhance caregiver productivity and quality of life, streamline hospital operations, reduce costs and ultimately save lives.

Edited by Braden Becker

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