Polycom Healthcare video collaboration solutions help improve patient care and provider co-ordination

Pleasanton 23 February 2005Polycom Inc., a provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, has launched two new telemedicine solutions, the Polycom MedLink Cart and Polycom Practitioner Cart, which are based on the award-winning Polycom VSX 7000 and VSX 8000 group video communications systems. The innovative, new solutions are specifically designed to integrate with standards-based video medical peripherals and to be easy to use, manage and deploy in medical and health care environments. The systems feature the highest quality video, audio and data sharing capabilities available, which enable practitioners to deliver quality care regardless of geographic location, manage patient care, and receive continuing medical education and training in a the cost-conscious health care industry.

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"The demands on our physicians and the requests for their knowledge from individuals and organisations around the globe are tremendous", stated Alexander Nason, senior manager of business development for Johns Hopkins International. "Video conferencing helps us reach people more efficiently than previously possible. When appropriate, we can co-ordinate patient care, offer educational content to medical teams in other countries, provide critical second opinions, consult with hospital management and offer remote participation in promising clinical trials."

Polycom's portfolio of solutions creates an unequalled virtual experience that meets the demands of any health care environment. Based on the Polycom VSX platform, the solutions offer the highest quality video, even over low bandwidth; standards-based encryption; high-resolution data sharing and the industry's only wideband stereo audio - Polycom StereoSurround. These packages provide increased contact with patients at remote locations and are the only standard-based integrated conferencing and collaborative solutions that help meet HIPAA requirements. Both of these solutions also comply with "The Americans Disabilities Act", offering optional closed captioning and voice and touch control.

"The quality, reliability and transparent nature of our solutions allow health care providers to maximize their effectiveness and productivity, reaching more patients and increasing the quality of health care", stated Craig Lynar, vice president of Polycom's vertical segment solutions. "World-class medical facilities like Johns Hopkins are demonstrating the effectiveness of this type of technology and organisations like Medical Missions for Children are showing the limitless possibilities for real-world applications."

The MediLink Cart integrates the output of multiple devices and/or non-medical peripherals into a video conference. The cart is ideal when situations require plug and play of S Video or Composite devices; when multiple audio and camera inputs are needed; or when the positioning of a monitor or camera is critical. The cart also provides consolidated, secure storage space for medical devices.

The Practitioner Cart delivers real-time interactive voice and video communications capabilities in circumstances when maximum mobility is required within minimal storage areas. With a petite footprint ideal for small rooms, the Practitioner Cart delivers high-quality audio and video and includes standard based (AES) encryption for security. The Practitioner Cart is also capable of operating in a wireless network environment for maximum flexibility and mobility.

The Polycom Practitioner Cart and MedLink Cart solutions are now available through Polycom channel partners starting at USD 16.995 and USD 24.995 respectively. Polycom Inc. is specialized in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organisations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience.

Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organisations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration.


Leslie Versweyveld

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