Vidyo unveils groundbreaking videoconferencing telemedicine solution: connects multiple practitioners and patients via the Internet

San Antonio 12 May 2010Vidyo Inc., an expert in delivering personal telepresence, has introduced VidyoHealth, an affordable scalable telemedicine videoconferencing suite that leverages the Internet and other general purpose IP networks, for a broad range of applications such as telepsychiatry, home-health and eldercare, speech therapy, and specialist consultations. By eliminating the need for a dedicated telehealth network infrastructure, VidyoHealth easily and effectively reduces costs while enabling doctor-patient and doctor-doctor video communication and collaboration, regardless of location. VidyoHealth is a secure, complete solution that delivers telepresence-quality telemedicine applications on PC and Mac desktops and laptops, HD room systems, medical carts and consoles. VidyoHealth is being demonstrated at the ATA Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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"Our group is made up of 20 hospitals and one mental health organisation, spread out over 20.000 square miles of rural, agricultural country in Minnesota and North Dakota; travel is near to impossible during stormy winter months", stated Jon Linnell, Executive Director, North Region Health Alliance. "We needed a high quality telemedicine solution to connect people in these remote areas. One that didn't require dedicated networks; something that was easy to access and use, and was affordable. Prior to Vidyo, there wasn't a solution on the market that met those criteria. Vidyo is currently saving an enormous amount of time and money for a huge number of people. We have plans to use Vidyo in nursing homes, for consultations with mental health and wound care specialists, and telepresence for home health."

"It's amazing how easy and affordable it was to get VidyoHealth up and running", stated David Dropkin, Clinic Administrator, Acacia Mental Health Clinic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "The natural HD quality of the video and audio is incredible. VidyoHealth enables us to offer mental health and addiction patients the necessary access to doctors and treatments that they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. One hundred percent of our prescribing doctors regularly meet with Acacia patients via VidyoHealth. To my knowledge, there's no comparable telehealth solution that delivers this high level of quality AND low-cost of implementation."

"We've seen a definite increase in the use and interest in telemedicine, but before it can reach its full potential, there is still much to be done to make telemedicine viable for widespread global use", stated Jonathan Edwards, Research VP, Gartner Inc. "High definition video solutions need to be affordable, secure and accessible via broadband and the Internet to expand medical reach to remote patients and facilities; telemedicine systems must interoperate with other medical equipment and applications. Solution providers that are able to successfully address these challenges will have an advantage."

"Vidyo is fulfilling the real promise of telehealth, which is to make health care affordable and accessible to everyone", stated Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo CEO and co-founder. "Until now, telehealth solutions from legacy providers were built on enterprise-centric models requiring expensive, dedicated QoS networks in order to deliver high-quality video and audio. This was not practical for medical practitioners who needed to connect with remotely-located patients and facilities. VidyoHealth uses the Internet and other non-QoS networks to deliver telepresence-quality, low-latency, natural communications. Our customers are amazed and relieved that they can finally expand the reach and the types of services they can offer patients, practitioners, clinics and hospitals, far beyond dedicated networks - all at a fraction of the cost of other solutions."

VidyoHealth system components include:

  • VidyoDesktop software client for Mac, Windows, or Linux
  • VidyoClick optional touch screen, single button operated endpoint for at-home patients
  • VidyoPortal: an Intel x86-based appliance that provides web-based management services
  • VidyoRouter: an Intel x86-based appliance that provides the software-based multi-point ports, call processing and routing functionality
  • VidyoRoom systems, with or without HIPAA compliant mobile medical carts
  • VidyoGateway is optionally available to enable connectivity between the VidyoConferencing system and legacy H.323 or SIP end points

All VidyoHealth products use HIPAA compliant encryption. VidyoHealth examination rooms can be locked manually or automatically and opened only by the owners of the rooms. When a patient is in a virtual room, anyone who wants to join the room can only be admitted by confirmation of the doctor who owns the room. VidyoHealth also supports multiple practices on the same system, maintaining full privacy from other "tenants" on the system via simple administrative rules.

The VidyoHealth suite is available today and includes all the features needed to deploy VidyoConferencing for telehealth providers at a cost starting at $17.000 for a complete solution that can support up to 25 users.

Vidyo Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems over the Internet and wireless networks. Vidyo's patented VidyoRouter architecture delivers the only available H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) solution that eliminates an MCU while delivering the industry's best error resilience and lowest latency videoconferencing solution.


Source: Vidyo

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