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Conferencing Week in Review: TeleHealth, Revolabs, ComputerWeekly.com, Polycom

March 14, 2015

As more and more companies learn of the benefits of conferencing, the industry is seeing explosive growth. We have some of this week’s highlights.

Hospital readmissions are something of a problem in the healthcare field, and the kind of problem that leads to inefficiency, reduced capability, and higher costs. Hospital readmissions bring plenty of trouble along for the ride, and so, the ability to reduce these can be quite valuable. That's where TeleHealth's OmniPresence 2.0 system comes in, offering up what its CEO describes as “doctor-at-home” service. OmniPresence 2.0 allows patients to return home and connect with a doctor via a videoconferencing system. The system is sufficiently secured to offer not only encrypted communications, but also HIPAA compliance, making it useful in a healthcare setting. Since the service is cloud-based, it means that equipment needed to take advantage of the service is comparatively minimal beyond what most people likely already have on hand: a high-speed Internet connection and a tablet, smartphone or PC.

The basic idea of an easy, usable conferencing setup is one that has strong appeal for managers across all levels of the enterprise. Imagine being able to walk into a designated room, dial up your conferees, and just start seeing and talking with them. Fortunately, Revolabs has come to the rescue by rolling out its uniquely designed FLX UC 500 and FLX UC 1000 product set. The FLX UC 500 and FLX UC 1000 offer an improved audio subsystem and function as a USB plug-and-play device with any Mac, PC or Chromebook. The UC 1000 is also  a full VoIP conference phone and can bridge USB and VoIP calls. Full details are HERE.

It seems that while the technology has made it possible to complete conference calls on a wide scale, the human factor still plays a part in its complete acceptance. Rob Bamforth of ComputerWeekly.com recently discussed this matter with Roger Farnsworth, who is a senior director of services at Polycom. Polycom develops video, voice, content collaboration and communication technologies. The company sponsored a worldwide research survey that included more than 800 business video conferencing users. The results show that in many companies video usage had spread well beyond the boardroom to general meeting rooms, desktops and even mobile devices. Read all about it HERE.

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